I Don't Have Enough FAITH to Be an ATHEIST

By Dr. Frank Turek

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Is Christianity good? Isn’t it anti-women and pro-slavery? | with Abdu Murray
48:19
Is Christianity GOOD? Many people in our culture today seem to care less about whether or not Christianity is true, and more about the morality of what it teaches. They say the Bible promotes racism, slavery, sexism, and other forms of social injustice. But are any of those statements true? In his new book, More Than a White Man's Religion, speaker and global apologist Abdu Murray challenges the pervasive myth that Christianity is an oppressive Western religion and shows believers (and skeptics!) that the gospel message is actually THE SOURCE for the cherished Western ideals of racial and gender equality. Frank and Abdu discuss women in the church, slavery, racism, and how the Bible passages cited by skeptics can only be understood properly when examined in their context (not in memes). When they are, we see that the Bible champions that ALL people are made in God’s Image, and the skeptic’s charges are false. Abdu also shares how his experience working with RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) impacted the content of his book and the importance of looking to Jesus as the (one and only) perfect example of how to treat others--especially when Christians fail to live up to our own ideals. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST and an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Abdu about his journey out of Islam and into Christianity, be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It's the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians without fear of being canceled by your friends, family, co-workers, or boss! Get the book here: https://amzn.to/3x4eXHU Abdu's website: https://embracethetruth.org/ If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Sep 23, 2022
What are we here for? | with David Limbaugh and Christen Limbaugh Bloom
48:16
Why do we study apologetics? To win arguments? No! The ultimate goal is to know God personally (not just with head knowledge) and to make Him known. After all, if we just believe that God exists, we're no better than the demons in James 2:19! On a lawyerly quest for truth, #1 nationally best-selling author David Limbaugh returns with his co-author and daughter Christen to discuss their new book, The Resurrected Jesus: The Church in the New Testament. In this fifth and final installment of the bestselling Jesus series, this book is part commentary and part devotional and digs into the New Testament epistles with passion and demonstrates to readers that even though Paul penned these writings thousands of years ago, they are still applicable to the Church today. We might ask ourselves: What's always worth fighting for? The truth of the Gospel! Frank, David, and Christen discuss our identity in Christ, spiritual warfare, how we are saved by grace, not works, and the greatest threats facing the American church today. They also discuss the late great Rush Limbaugh and how his faith gave him strength during his last days while fighting cancer. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST along with other exclusive content, be sure to join our CrossExamined private community and jump into some great discussions about this podcast and many other topics without fear of being canceled by your friends, family, co-workers, or boss! David and Christen's book: https://amzn.to/3DrTJaV Christen's website: https://www.haplousofficial.com/ If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Sep 16, 2022
Letter to the American Church | with Eric Metaxas
48:00
Would you have stood up against slavery in the 1860s? Or against Nazi Germany in the 1930s? What about your pastor? It seems the Church today is more interested in being politically correct than speaking out in defense of the truth. But can it really be God's will that His children be silent at a time like this? Best-selling author (Bonhoeffer, Luther, Amazing Grace, Miracles) and radio host Eric Metaxas joins Frank to reveal highlights of his new book, Letter to the American Church, where he summons the Church to battle and calls for pastors (and other Christians) to be courageous enough to speak up against the massive anti-Christian forces that now threaten to permanently transform American society. In this podcast episode, Frank and Eric bring to light four major errors we make in thinking that Christians should NOT be involved in politics or other controversial issues: A misunderstanding of the word FAITH. The idol of evangelism. There is no command "Don't be political!" Avoiding sin is not the central purpose of the Christian life.   They also discuss the spiral of silence, religious liberty, and the haunting similarities between today’s American Church and the German Church of the 1930s. We hope you'll share both this podcast episode and Eric's book with your pastor and church congregation! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST with Frank and Eric, be sure to join our CrossExamined private community and join us for some great conversation about this podcast and many other topics without fear of being canceled by your friends, family, or co-workers! Get the book here: https://amzn.to/3qeeRtp Eric's website: https://ericmetaxas.com/ If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Sep 09, 2022
Has the Big Bang Been Disproven? | with Stephen C. Meyer
48:31
Do recent scientific discoveries make belief in God unnecessary or implausible? A recent survey, cited by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer of the Discovery Institute, shows that recent scientific theories about the alleged "unguided" evolution of life have led more people to reject belief in God than any other common objection, such as suffering, disease, or death. But who are the people claiming these "perceived messages of science," and are they really telling us what the scientific evidence actually shows? Dr. Meyer joins Frank to discuss his recent article that was (surprisingly!) published in Newsweek magazine and responds to atheist objections to the claim that the greatest scientific discoveries of the last century actually point to an intelligent creator. Some of the questions they address include: Do recent observations by the James Webb Space Telescope disprove the Big Bang theory? How do we even know the Earth had a beginning? What does the Bible teach us about the age of the universe? What about a multiverse? Is that even a possibility? To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST with Frank and Dr. Meyer, be sure to join our CrossExamined private community and join us for some great conversation about this podcast and many other topics without fear of being canceled by your friends, family, or co-workers! Dr. Meyer's article: https://bit.ly/3Azes9G Dr. Meyer's book (Return of God Hypothesis): https://amzn.to/3wJJXwo If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Sep 02, 2022
Why relativists are dogmatic fundamentalists
48:14
How do you reason with people who don't want to reason? Is it even possible? How do you respond when those you love say that reason and evidence are just power plays to support your "oppressive" position? You know, the position they don't agree with but can't articulate WHY? In this special podcast episode, Frank responds to a heartfelt message shared by a member of our private CrossExamined Community—a father struggling with the fact that his two children have exchanged the authority of Scripture for the authority of self. You'll learn the best questions to ask when people say they don't believe in objective truth and why no one can claim to be "progressive" if they're going in the opposite direction of Jesus. If you'd like to join this discussion in our private community, be sure to take advantage of the FREE 7-day trial by signing up here: https://community.crossexamined.org/signup If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Aug 26, 2022
A Rebel’s Manifesto | with Sean McDowell
48:10
Do you ever feel like you're on complete information overload? Don't know where to turn for help while dealing with all the bad ideas that are being thrown at you from social media? Should we be concerned when a big-name actor like Tom Holland, who seems to "have it all", says he needs to step away from social media to take care of his mental health? What seems to be the problem? There are so many issues and so many topics to deal with...how should a Christian respond? Topics like the environment, poverty, guns, violence, immigration, artificial intelligence, sex, homosexuality, transgender ideology, pornography, abortion, bullying, suicide, assisted suicide, racial tensions, loneliness, politics, entertainment, drugs, addiction, and the list goes on! Where can you go to get CLEAR Biblical thinking on these issues, especially if you're a young person? Our friend Dr. Sean McDowell has just the solution. His book, A Rebel's Manifesto: Choosing Truth, Real Justice, and Love Amid the Noise of Today's World, was written for a time such as this! It provides clear and succinct responses to many of the complex issues and questions that plague our society today. In today's episode, Sean and Frank discuss bullying, the cultural influence of transgender ideology, gun control, abortion, immigration, and what it really means to be a "rebel" today in a culture that rejects objective truth. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST as well as a BONUS 10-minute conversation between Sean and Frank, be sure to join our CrossExamined private community! Sean's book: https://amzn.to/3QAa4xT Sean's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SeanMcDowell-info If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Aug 19, 2022
How would you answer this? (Live from CIA) | With Natasha Crain, Alisa Childers, Richard Howe, and Brett Kunkle
48:08
According to a recent Barna study, roughly 65% of Americans claim to be Christians, and yet only 6% of Americans hold a biblical worldview. This means that over 94% of Americans (many who identify as Christian) no longer view the Bible as their ultimate authority on how they navigate life. With so many rejecting the Bible (and thus the words of Christ) as their guide, they have nowhere to turn but themselves. In this special episode recorded at the CrossExamined Instructor Academy (CIA) 2022 in Cincinnati, OH, Frank teams up with guests (and CIA instructors) Natasha Crain, Alisa Childers, Richard Howe, and Brett Kunkle to discuss the real issues the remnant of Christians need to be addressing today. Hint – it's not atheism. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript  
Aug 12, 2022
Truth, Power, and Human Nature | with J. Warner Wallace and Greg Koukl
48:12
Our culture says, "you do you" and "follow your heart," but the Bible paints a much different picture. However, it seems that even those who don't have high regard for Christianity or God's Word are beginning to point out that all we need is common sense to see that our culture's view of issues like family, gender, and sexuality don't line with up how the world and reality is structured. In this special episode recorded at CrossExamined Instructors Academy (CIA) 2022 in Cincinnati, OH, Frank teams up with guests (and CIA instructors) J. Warner Wallace and Greg Koukl to discuss our fallen human nature, why defunding the police is a bad idea, the importance of fathers in our communities, and how people who don't like to deal with truth are just going to use their power to overwhelm you. Greg Koukl also gives us a good reminder that "faithfulness is not theologically difficult," and just because the culture is confused on many of these important issues doesn't mean that we need to compromise on defending the truth. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Aug 05, 2022
Darkroom Faith | with Mary Jo Sharp
48:12
Many people take antidepressants because they have been led to believe their depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. But a recent study suggests that "there is no convincing evidence that depression is associated with, or caused by, lower serotonin concentrations or activity." So, if a chemical imbalance isn't the problem, why does it seem like our society is slowly spiraling into a perpetual state of doom? We keep seeing rising rates of suicide, drug use, depression, anxiety, and other indicators of unhappiness--especially in teenagers and young adults. Could it be that we have a WORLDVIEW imbalance? After all, if we're going to believe that there is no God and life has no meaning, might that cause us to be a bit depressed? To help turn the tide, Mary Jo Sharp, a former atheist who is now an assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University, has helped put together a 14-episode video series and curriculum called Darkroom to give teens (age 13-17) the OK for expressing their doubts and questions about the Christian worldview in a safe environment. This million-dollar curriculum is available for FREE online for church leaders, youth ministers, parents, and anyone seeking to lead and engage students in discussions on 14 key issues of faith using materials that are sure to hold their attention. Some of the topics addressed in this Gen-Z narrative-driven curriculum include: sin science suicide deconstruction the Bible the problem of evil the purpose of the church sexuality and love pain and suffering and more to come! Mary Jo, author of 'Why I Still Believe' and several other books, is a clear communicator with a heart for people. She talks with Frank about her fascinating journey from atheist to assistant professor of apologetics and the importance of being able to ask questions (especially at a young age) when experiencing doubt in the Christian faith. During the last part of the show, Frank also answers listener questions on the topics of animal suffering, inalienable rights, theocracy, God's morality, and Hell. Darkroom curriculum: DarkRoomFaith.com Mary Jo's website: MaryJoSharp.com Contact Mary Jo: https://bit.ly/3b89CY7 If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Jul 29, 2022
Why Believe? | with Dr. Neil Shenvi
48:13
Why believe in Christianity? Why believe that God exists? Aren't there reasons NOT to believe in God? Reasons like: Evolution Evil Divine hiddenness For centuries, skeptics have disputed the claims of Christianity―such as the belief in an eternal God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ―arguing that they simply cannot be accepted by reasonable individuals. Furthermore, efforts to demonstrate the evidence and rational basis for Christianity through apologetics are often deemed too simplistic to be taken seriously in intellectual circles. And miracles? Ha! They'll say anything is more probable than a miracle, even the idea that Jesus had an identical twin! In his new book, Why Believe: A Reasoned Approach to Christianity, apologist and theoretical chemist turned homeschool dad, Dr. Neil Shenvi, engages in some of the best contemporary arguments against Christianity. He presents compelling evidence for the identity of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels, his death and resurrection, the existence of God, and the unique message of the gospel. As you’ll discover in this podcast episode, Neil is no “uneducated Christian” and responds to some of the most common objections to Christianity with precision, clarity, and grace. Neil also talks with Frank about his college days at UC Berkeley and Princeton, where he came to faith during a class nicknamed “The Faith Buster,” taught using Bart Ehrman’s textbook and other liberal religious scholarship. Talk about a miracle; you won’t believe his testimony! Neil’s website: https://shenviapologetics.com/ Follow Neil on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NeilShenvi If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Jul 22, 2022
Is God Immoral when He Kills People? Plus Q&A | with Frank Turek
48:12
If God made humans in His image, does that also mean we have the right to “play God” whenever we want? Many atheists and pro-choice advocates criticize God’s morality when He (ironically) “plays” God by taking life prematurely in the Old Testament. But they don’t bat an eye when advocating for abortion and call it a “moral right.” It doesn’t make sense! However, what about capital punishment? It seems like pro-lifers who support the death penalty are also contradicting themselves. What’s the difference? In this episode of 'I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist', Frank continues the discussion from last week on how to answer some of the most common abortion arguments, including a discussion on Numbers 5:27-28, which many people mistakenly cite as an example that God is not pro-life, and the important difference between vaccines and abortions when people declare “my body, my choice”! Frank also answers listener questions, including those on Mormonism, near-death experiences (NDEs), and whether or not it’s a good idea to use fictional and unbiblical stories as a bridge to the Gospel. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Jul 15, 2022
How to Answer Arguments for Abortion | with Frank Turek
47:57
Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words when confronted by a zealous pro-choice advocate? Or maybe when a friend or co-worker started sharing their thoughts and opinions on abortion you couldn't think of the right thing to say, so instead of speaking up you just kept silent? Now more than ever we need to effectively make the case for life, but sometimes the task is difficult because abortion is not intellectually complex--it is emotionally complex. Last week, Frank talked about the historic overturning of Roe vs. Wade. This week, he takes the discussion one step further and answers the most common abortion arguments, such as: Theocracy and the separation of church and state. Don't impose your morals on me! The law can't change hearts. An unborn child is not developed or viable. The baby is unwanted and will live in poor conditions. It's my body, my choice! Don't like abortion? Don't have one! What about the cases of rape and incest? Back-alley abortions. God kills babies in the Old Testament. Be sure to grab a pen and some paper, because you'll want to take some notes! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Case for Life Abortion Video Legislating Morality by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek The Case for Life Book by Scott Klusendorf Why Does God Allow Evil? Online PREMIUM course with Dr. Clay Jones The Ethics of Abortion Self-Paced Course with Scott Klusendorf If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Jul 08, 2022
There is No Right To a Dead Baby | with Frank Turek
48:11
After 49 years and 63 million dead, the Supreme Court finally overturned Roe v. Wade. Do you have a constitutional right to a dead baby? Finally, the Supreme Court has answered properly… NO. However, despite this good news, there is still much work to do, as now the decision goes back to the individual states. As Christians and concerned citizens, what do we do now? In this episode of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, Frank addresses the following questions: What did the Supreme Court actually do and what does the constitution say? What does this decision tell us about the importance of voting for pro-life presidents? Have Christians set up a theocracy? What about my body, my choice? How to make the case for life! Oh, and what would Satan actually say about the Supreme Court decision? The Babylon Bee’s microphones were in Satan’s press conference after Roe v. Wade went down. Politicians and citizens on both sides of this issue can no longer hide behind the excuse, “Well, the life issue doesn’t really matter because the Supreme Court has tied our hands.” Well, they just untied them. We must make a case for our position, and we need to do it now. Resources mentioned in this episode: Why Does God Allow Evil? Online PREMIUM course with Dr. Clay Jones Legislating Morality by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek The Ethics of Abortion Self-Paced Course with Scott Klusendorf The Case for Life with Scott Klusendorf Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Jul 01, 2022
The Babylon Bee vs. Postmodernism | with Kyle Mann
48:03
Are you ready to laugh and think your way through a timely update of a classic tale? Kyle Mann, editor-in-chief of The Babylon Bee, joins Frank to discuss his new book, The Postmodern Pilgrim's Progress (co-authored with Joel Berry). Part novel and part "sci-fi fantasy allegory", The Postmodern Pilgrim's Progress is a modern-day version of John Bunyan's classic book and tackles subject matter that is unique to our culture today--including the prosperity gospel, deconstruction, humanism, evolution, skepticism, abortion, and more. Here's a short excerpt from the beginning of the book: "On this journey, Ryan will learn something, which is more than most people who go on journeys can say. When he wakes up, he won't remember the dream, but he will be a changed man. He will be made new somehow, even if he can't explain exactly how. This will be the first in many thousands of dreams, interactions, moments, and strange coincidences that lead him to a moment every created being was created for: reconciliation with the Creator." In this episode, Frank and Kyle also talk about how The Babylon Bee got started, and the controversy surrounding their recent Twitter censorship. You don't want to miss it! If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Jun 24, 2022
Can We Create a Turning Point? | with Charlie Kirk
48:14
Frank has been speaking at 15-20 college campuses per year since 2007. The reason he goes there is because the college campus is probably the most anti-Christian piece of real estate in the United States of America. When we conduct a session on campus—it takes our team and a Christian host group on campus to do so—we are throwing a lifeline to the Christian students who attend, and we are putting a stone in the shoe of the skeptics who show up. But too few people are doing this. So when we find someone who is—and doing it remarkably effectively—we want to tell you about that person. In this episode, Frank welcomes his friend Charlie Kirk who heads an organization called TurningPoint USA. TPUSA has thousands of college and high school chapters that encourage students to defend conservative and biblical values. Frank and Charlie discuss many important topics including: What are the top objections Charlie hears on college campuses? How do you respond to them? How can we prepare our kids before they go to college? Where can you go for good worldview training? What events are coming up for young adults and pastors that can be helpful? What about starting a classical education school in your neighborhood? How do you respond to people who say that getting involved in politics can turn people off to the gospel? And more… Links referred to in the program: https://www.tpusa.com/ https://www.tpusa.com/pastors https://www.tpusa.com/faithresources https://www.tpusa.com/SAS If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher     Download Transcript  
Jun 17, 2022
Is There Hope in a Godless Society? | with Todd Herman
48:08
As the world continues to get darker, is there hope in a Godless society? What does it mean when a feminist liberal icon like Naomi Wolf starts talking about spiritual warfare and says "it's time for intellectuals to talk about God"? Is the world starting to get so dark that even atheists and those on the extreme left are seeking out the light? Could it be that the REAL war doesn’t originate with Republicans and Democrats but spiritual dark forces? Todd Herman was a dominant talk radio host in Seattle for eight years and was a regular fill-in for Rush Limbaugh (God rest him). In November of 2021, after being told he couldn’t say certain things on the air, Todd made the decision to take his show private to what is now 'The Todd Herman Show'. On this episode of 'I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist', he speaks candidly with Frank about many of his experiences as a conservative talk radio host living in Seattle and how God is using these dark times to bring people on all sides of the political spectrum closer to the truth of His Word. He also cautions us on making politics our idol (should churches even talk about politics?), and why today is one of the greatest times to be a Christian. If you know God and His Word, you know that ultimate hope doesn't come from the government or the next election cycle. It can only come from the Creator Himself. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Download Transcript
Jun 10, 2022
Hollywood Heroes That Reveal God: Wonder Woman, Captain America, and Star Wars (Part 2)
48:13
Zach Turek rejoins Frank to show how your favorite movies reveal God, and how even the Apostle Paul used the stories of his day to communicate the Gospel to non-believers. Drawing on their new book Hollywood Heroes: How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God, Frank, and Zach discuss the fact that many movie characters reveal the characteristics that make Jesus our ultimate hero. In this episode, they do a deep dive on Wonder Woman, Captain America, and the Star Wars saga, and end with surprising insights about Jesus. If you missed the first episode, be sure to check out Part 1 where they discussed Iron Man, Harry Potter, Batman, and The Lord of the Rings. Hollywood Heroes is a great book for anyone who likes movies and is especially helpful to parents and youth leaders looking to build a modern-day bridge to the gospel. The book is also filled with apologetics and Biblical life lessons, which are taken straight from the movies even those made by non-Christians. You can get a signed copy by Frank and Zach when placing your order through ImpactApologetics.com (while supplies last)! If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jun 03, 2022
Nihilism and Mass Shootings
48:18
Dr. Stephen C. Meyer of the Discovery Institute joins Frank to discuss the worldview contributing to the increase in shootings over the last couple of decades. What is nihilism? What do these incidents tell us about the spiritual and moral condition of our nation? All people, from atheist to Christian, are rightfully horrified by these events, but not all worldviews can account for objective evil. Why not? Where do we go from here? If God is the answer, why does He allow these terrible tragedies to occur in the first place? Our friend Dr. Michael Brown provides a history of school shootings in America since 1999 here: When It Comes to School Shootings, America Really Has a Deeply Tragic Problem - The Stream If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
May 27, 2022
The Top 20 Discoveries About Jesus Outside the Bible
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What do we know about Jesus and the story of Jesus from outside the Bible? Much more than you might think! Archaeologist Dr. Titus Kennedy joins Frank to reveal the Top 20 discoveries about Jesus from outside the Bible. Here they are: The place and nature of his birth. The murderous nature of Herod. The synagogue where Jesus taught in his adopted hometown—Capernaum. Peter’s house in Capernaum. The pool of Bethesda. The pool of Siloam. The nature of the town of Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus—Leper colony, “the place of Lazarus”, tomb that matches John 11:38. The temple place of the trumpeting. The Caiaphas ossuary (also the Miriam Ossuary—granddaughter of Caiaphus) The James ossuary. The gates of Hell. The miracles of Jesus—he’s admitted as a miracle worker even by non-Christian sources. The fearful nature of Pilate—Why was Pilate afraid of upsetting the Jews? Archaeological evidence of Pilate includes coins, a ring, an inscription, and ancient writers). The nature and place of burial and resurrection: Tomb of the Shroud (nature of the burial), Church of the Holy Sepulcher, place of the burial and resurrection Nazareth inscription. Crucifixion—archaeology, writings (Acts of Pilate). Christ the magician cup. The murderous nature of Herod Agrippa I. The early spread of Christianity and the belief in the Resurrection. The graffiti found in Rome. Due to time constraints, we only were able to discuss the first 15 of these. But Frank and Titus kept recording! To see the remaining five, join our new CrossExamined Community which is a private online forum where believers can interact with us and one another without the fear of being canceled. After the program will be posted there. To learn much more, get Dr. Kennedy’s excellent new book, Excavating the Evidence for Jesus: The Archaeology and History of Christ and the Gospels. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
May 20, 2022
Does Political Power Contradict the Cross? Plus Q&A
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Some Christians are saying that since Christ saved the world through weakness by agreeing to go on the cross, Christians should not use power in politics or culture wars. Christianity Today leader Russell Moore recently wrote a column titled, "THE CROSS CONTRADICTS OUR CULTURE WARS: The victory of Christ was won by crucifixion, not societal conquest.” Is Moore correct? Is it unchristian to seek political power to right wrongs in society through law? Frank points out several problems with Moore’s position, which is becoming more popular among Christian intellectuals (to the delight of secularists and Leftists everywhere). He also answers listener questions including those on how to answer scoffers and how to honor parents who are not Christians. Links mentioned in the show: The Cross Contradicts Our Culture Wars by Russell Moore Christianity Today Had an Easter Message: We’re Just … Better Than You by Eric Metaxas If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
May 13, 2022
Why Has the World Gone Mad? C.S. Lewis & Paul Tell Us
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What explains the super extreme—even mad—positions we’ve seen people take publicly in recent years? For example, how did we go from abortion being “safe, legal, and rare” to “shout your abortion” and laws even allowing the murder of babies 28 days AFTER they are born? How did we go from “believe every woman” to “what’s a woman?” in just four years? How did we go from considering gender dysphoria a mental condition to affirming 3-5 year-olds in it and shouting down anyone who makes common-sense distinctions about gender? The answer has to do with the revenge of our own consciences. Drawing on C.S. Lewis, Dr. J. Budziszewski, and the Apostle Paul, Frank reveals that the madness we see is rooted in our rebellion to our own consciences, and how our own psychology amps up our response to promote extreme positions. Lewis, Budziszewski, and, of course, Paul, have very profound insights into this. In the end, the only lasting solution to rebellion is repentance. Don’t miss this one. And pick up a copy of Frank’s new book out this week, written with his son Zach, called Hollywood Heroes: How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
May 06, 2022
Hollywood Heroes That Reveal God: Iron Man, Harry Potter, Batman, and the Lord of the Rings (Part 1)
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Imagine: if there were a FUN way to get your kids more interested in God and Christianity. if you could relate the Gospel to people by citing stories THEY enjoy. if you could reveal biblical life lessons to people of all ages without getting preachy. You can! Frank’s son Zach Turek joins the podcast to show how you can do all this by watching your favorite movies! They do this by drawing on their brand new book, Hollywood Heroes: How your Favorite Movies Reveal God. It’s amazing how many filmmakers include central elements of the Christian story in their movies (often unknowingly), and how the heroes create a point to the ultimate hero—Jesus of Nazareth. In this episode, Frank and Zach show how Iron Man, Harry Potter, Batman, and the Lord of the Rings do this. In next week’s show, they’ll cover Star Wars, Wonder Woman, and Captain America and reveal the characteristics that make Jesus the ultimate hero. This book is great for anyone who likes movies and is especially helpful to parents and youth leaders. Also, remember! If you pre-order your copy BEFORE May 3, you’ll get the audiobook for free too! Go here and follow the cues. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Apr 29, 2022
Infantile Rage vs. Human Nature | with Dr. David Berlinski
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Dr. David Berlinski has never met a controversy he didn’t want to engage with. In this bonus episode, the provocative Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and self-described secular Jew, joins Frank to discuss how human nature intersects with gender issues, truth, and evolution. You’ll enjoy Dr. Berlinski’s eloquence and insights as he addresses the most controversial issues of the day. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Apr 28, 2022
Jack Hibbs vs. Infanticide
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Can you believe that California is about to pass a law that would allow people to literally murder their children up to 28 days AFTER birth? We are not making this up! See AB 2223. Pastor Jack Hibbs, of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, joins Frank to reveal this unbelievably evil bill and to let us know what we can do about it. He also reveals why he takes such a public stand on these issues that have become political, and who resists him the most when he does (you might be surprised just who that is). Frank and Jack also talk about how you can get informed to fight back. By the way, if you don’t live in California, you should still be concerned and take action. Children are about to be killed, and what starts in California usually spreads to other states. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Apr 22, 2022
Is the Resurrection Unbelievable?
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Can we really believe Jesus rose from the dead? If the Resurrection of Jesus didn’t really happen, then Christianity is false (as even the Apostle Paul admitted in 1 Cor. 15). On the other hand, if it really did happen 1,989 years ago (give or take a few years), then the essentials of the Christian faith really are true. So which is it? Justin Brierley, host of the wonderfully interesting Unbelievable show in the UK, joins Frank to discuss the evidence for God and the Resurrection of Jesus. Justin has more insights than most because he doesn’t sit in a Christian echo chamber. He engages the best atheist and Christian minds in the world to debate these issues. He’s heard the best both sides have to offer and will reveal why he still thinks the Resurrection really happened. Justin is also hosting the “God Unmuted” conference at the British Library on May 14. You can sign up to watch and interact from the US by going to Unbelievable.live. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Apr 14, 2022
The Best NEW Ideas from the Best Apologists
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Want to hear the latest and greatest news from the best of the best in the world of apologetics? Join us for a very special podcast episode from the 2022 National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary where Frank teams up with four special guests: Gary Habermas, Alisa Childers, J. Warner Wallace, and Scott Klusendorf. You don't want to miss it! If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Apr 08, 2022
Castrate Children? The President says “yes”!
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President Biden said this week that all trans people are made in the image of God. He’s absolutely right. Everyone is. But the President then ignored the end of the verse: “God made them male and female”. The President then went on to affirm “gender-affirming care” FOR CHILDREN that includes hormones, puberty blockers, chemical castration drugs, “top” surgeries — elective mastectomies and breasts enhancements — and “bottom” surgeries — removal of genitals. Again, FOR CHILDREN! Frank has a lot to say about this madness and the religion of sexual license. Frank also reveals that he spoke to 45 Christians living in Ukraine via Zoom this week. He gives an eyewitness report from one of them living in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine— right in the path of the Russian attack. Are our American news reports true? How many civilians are being killed? By who? Are there really Nazis in Ukraine? Is war justified? Links referenced in the show: Biden Says Trans People ‘Made in Image of God,’ Parents Must ‘Affirm’ Identity: https://bit.ly/3wXoZLm Biden Admin Supports Trans Surgeries, Puberty Blockers for Youth: https://bit.ly/3wTyz20 Gender Affirming Care and Young People: https://bit.ly/3NGKupH Former trans folks flood social media with their stories for #DetransAwarenessDay: https://bit.ly/3iUOBQT Jesus and the Case for War: https://bit.ly/38n4EVN If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Apr 01, 2022
The Bible Story You Are In
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What do you think about when you hear the word “God”? Too many of us have false knowledge about God. We think God loves us more if we obey Him and less if we don’t. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there is a story in the Bible— a story you are actually in— that just could revolutionize your understanding of God and His grace. Frank unpacks that story in this episode. Get ready to look at the prodigal son passage and God Himself in a new light. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Mar 31, 2022
Silencing of the Lambs | with Dr. Michael Brown
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Are you FOR a free and respectful debate about controversial issues? Are you FOR the freedom to have your own political opinions without fear of losing your job? Are you FOR respecting people and their positions rather than calling them names or censoring them? Are you FOR the freedom to speak the truth to love even those who disagree with you? Are you FOR forgiveness rather than being executed by cancel culture? Are you FOR protecting women and children from sexual predators? Are you FOR protecting the innocence of young children regarding sex? Are you FOR parents having the right to teach their children their values? Are you FOR parents having a say in what their kids are taught in school? Are you FOR the ability to say no to a government that wants to mutilate and sterilize your children without your consent? Are you FOR being able to cite the scientific evidence that life begins at conception? Are you FOR being able to cite the scientific evidence that there are only two genders? Are you FOR people having the right to get counseling for any issue they are struggling with? Are you FOR the freedom to live out your religious beliefs? Are you FOR your ability to preach the Gospel? Are you FOR the freedom to live not by lies but by the truth? If you are FOR any or all of these things, then listen to this show! Dr. Michael Brown, author of 'Silencing of the Lambs' joins Frank to give us practical ways to advance freedom and Jesus in a culture that wants to cancel you. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Mar 25, 2022
Be a Monster or a Hero? John Cooper of Skillet
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Do you have to have a degree in theology, philosophy, or apologetics in order to speak powerfully and accurately about how the church is being influenced by the culture? If you think so—if you think that all of this should be left to the professionals, to some kind of expert class or clergy—then you haven't been reading your Bible enough. You’ve left that to the expert class or clergy, which is exactly the problem we're seeing in the church today. John Cooper, founder and lead singer of the wildly popular Christian rock band Skillet, gets it. He knows that all of us should be ambassadors for Christ doing ministry, not just clergy or those with advanced degrees. He joins Frank to address the scourge of high-profile Christian musicians and celebrities who have deconstructed their faith (not realizing that they have simply reconstructed another one). John has been discussing these issues recently on his CooperStuff podcast. Here he explains further and also reveals his personal testimony and how Skillet broke through to have wide appeal, even to non-Christians. Join Frank and John, along with Alisa Childers, Hugh Ross, J. Warner Wallace, and many others at the National Conference of Christian Apologetics this April near Charlotte NC. Go to SES.edu for details. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Mar 18, 2022
Should we expose false teachers?
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There are some people in the Christian church that say we ought not to expose false teachers or publicly name names. Rather, we should just focus on preaching the gospel. Question: Suppose your pastor got up one Sunday and told the congregation that they’d just found out that someone in the church had been exposing your kids to pornography and drugs. What would be your first question? “Who is this person pastor?!” Now suppose that same pastor responded with, “I don’t like to name names, let’s just focus on Jesus.” Would you accept that? No, and you shouldn’t! So it is when false teachers spread poisonous messages within the Christian church. In this week’s episode, Frank addresses such questions as: • How can we best preserve unity in the church? • Is unity the most important thing? • Is it wrong to publicly name names in the church? • What does the Bible have to say about how we are to deal with false teachers? BONUS: In the last segment Frank discusses Gov. Ron DeSantis' comments regarding Disney’s woke lobbying against the Parental Rights in Education bill - also falsely dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill. You don’t want to miss it! Also, check Greg Koukl's statement to his high school board here. If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Mar 11, 2022
How to Help Doubters
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We have heard many stories of Christians deconstructing and deconverting their faith. So, what’s the best way to help doubters, and how can we engage seekers? In this show, Sean McDowell fills in for Frank Turek and is joined by Preston Ulmer, author of The Doubter’s Club. Together, they address these issues: - How can we practically help people who doubt? - How can we have meaningful conversations with seekers? - How did Jesus approach doubters? In this show, you will learn about “doubters clubs,” which is a movement of Christians engaging their non-Christian friends in meaningful conversation. You'll also get to hear about how these clubs operate and what it would take for you to lead one. Join us! Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Mar 04, 2022
Why did God create people He knew would go to Hell? And More Q&A
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In this show, Frank answers these listener questions: Why did God create people He knew would go to Hell? Why does the Creator have to be personal? How can we defend the odd laws in the Old Testament? Why believe in a Trinity? If you would like to submit a question to be answered on the show, please email your question to Hello@Crossexamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 25, 2022
The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis
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The most influential apologist of the 20th century was once a hardened atheist. How did C.S. Lewis convert to become such a force for Christianity? Max McLean, writer and star of the brilliant new movie, "The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis" joins Frank for a fascinating discussion that answers that question and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the movie. Max becomes C.S. Lewis several times during this discussion to reveal what arguments and experiences ultimately brought Lewis to faith in Christ. Go to www.CSLewisMovie.com to see this great film. You can even schedule a special screening for your church or class. Well worth it! Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 19, 2022
If God, Why Evil?
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If God is all-good and all-powerful, why doesn’t He stop evil? Maybe it’s because an all-good and all-powerful God doesn’t actually exist! That’s what some atheists will claim. In this show, Frank addresses that claim and these questions: Does evil disprove God? If not, what is God’s purpose for evil? Why does God allow evil that seems to have no purpose? What is God’s ultimate solution to evil? This show offers one of the most profound insights that Frank learned while lamenting the fact that so much evil seems pointless. Why, for example, does a baby die when the entire church prays he won’t? What possible good can come out of a baby dying? Listen for the answer to that and several other perplexing questions. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 18, 2022
4 Questions to Show that Christianity is True
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With so many people skeptical about God and the Bible, how can you actually show Christianity is true? In this podcast, Frank will show you how by summarizing the case he normally gives in his “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” presentation. The 4 questions that must be answered are these: Does Truth Exist? Does God Exist? Are Miracles Possible? Is the New Testament telling the Truth about the Resurrection of Jesus? In just 48 minutes, Frank provides evidence to show that the answer to these 4 questions is “Yes.” For a more complete presentation, get the book. For a visual presentation, see the Cross Examined YouTube channel. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 16, 2022
10 Reasons Why Socialism Fails
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What is socialism and why doesn’t it work? In this special podcast, Frank shows that socialism doesn’t work because it ignores economics 101 in ten ways. It ignores basic truths about: Private Property (it drives economics) Rule of Law (necessary for a robust economy) Free Enterprise (increases value) Competition (motivates innovation & quality) Self Interest and Service (creates wealth, not greed) Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand (can’t be led top-down) Free Rider Problem (human nature) Ripple Effect (economics is not a static system) Supply & Demand (can’t be dictated) Scarcity (quarterbacks vs. teachers) Frank also addresses the claim that since early Christians lived in a communal way in the book of Acts shouldn’t we? All of these topics are covered in much more depth in the new online course: Jesus vs. the Culture: Who do you Trust? available at CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 15, 2022
Valentine’s Day Special: Why Love is Not a Feeling
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In this special show done on Valentine’s day, Frank unpacks the difference between “being in love” and loving someone. Too many people think that once the feeling of “being in love” is gone that the relationship is over and they need to find someone else. But if we blindly followed our fleeting feelings we would blow up our lives and the lives of those around us. Love actually seeks what is best for the loved one and vows to behave in a loving way. Marriage vows are not about feelings but behaviors. Frank shares from C.S. Lewis and the Bible to help us develop better relationships rather than follow fleeting feelings. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 14, 2022
Faithfully Different and 4 False Beliefs
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What are four major false beliefs that many people in our culture believe and are now creeping into the church? Beliefs that are so pervasive, you might not even recognize that you believe them! Natasha Crain joins Frank to reveal those four false beliefs and to unpack her very practical new book, 𝙁𝙖𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝘿𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩: 𝙍𝙚𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝘽𝙞𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝘾𝙡𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙎𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚. Frank and Natasha have a wide-ranging discussion that will help you think, believe, and live biblically in a culture that is becoming more anti-Christian. Check out more of Natasha’s work at NatashaCrain.com. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 11, 2022
9 Things That Science Will Never Explain
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With all our technological advances, won’t science one day answer all of our questions and give us all of our knowledge? Saying God did something doesn’t get us anywhere. That’s God of the gaps reasoning! We just have to give science more time to figure everything out. After all, we get all our knowledge from science. It’s at least the most reliable form of knowledge. So just be patient. Actually, despite appearances, none of that is true. Science is wonderful and it has made our lives better in many ways. But there are limits to what it can do that may not be obvious in our culture. Join Frank as he reveals 9 Things That Science Will Never Explain. No matter how much science advances or how long we wait, science will never be able to explain these 9 things. In fact, you can’t do science without these 9 things! Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 04, 2022
It’s Biology, not Bigotry
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Do you think a school teacher should be able to recruit your daughter to become sterile without your consent? That's happening in America today, as are many more disturbing developments. Frank was stunned when he read a recent speech by Abigail Shrier, author of 'Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters'. The speech, which you can find here sounds the alarm for parents to protect our children. Shrier succinctly sums up the social contagion that is enticing our daughters to make life-altering decisions without knowing the costs. Some teachers and the medical community are complicit. As Shrier puts it, they are bowing to the “woke gods". It's shocking, but what can you do about it? Please listen and share. Check out the Imprimis Article Here. The website Frank was referring to is sexchangeregret.com and the chapter about love is 1 Cor. 13. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jan 28, 2022
Jesus and Elon Musk
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Can you get an interview with the richest man in the world and then talk about Jesus? Our friends at the Babylon Bee did—the hilarious Christian news satire site. Elon Musk, who is a fan of the Bee, sat for a wide-ranging interview last month that lasted nearly two hours. How did that happen? How did they decide what to ask him—including asking him if Jesus is his Lord and Savior? What happened behind the scenes? Frank is joined by Seth Dillon, CEO of the Babylon Bee, to answer those questions and more. Seth is a student of apologetics who is eager to engage the culture with the truth of Christianity. Frank and Seth discuss some of Elon’s answers regarding Christianity, including the fact that his instincts on free will vs materialism are correct. Musk is highly influential and just about anything he says is covered as news. Although the Bee’s interview has received almost unanimous praise and about 2 million views, some in the Christian community have claimed that Seth and his team should have been more aggressive in questioning Mr. Musk and presenting the gospel. Does Seth have any regrets about the way they handled the interview? Would he do anything differently if he could do it over? Are there any lessons for evangelism in here? How is his relationship with Elon now? Don’t miss this one! Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jan 21, 2022
The Top Ten Questions to Ask Skeptical Friends
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How do you get a spiritual conversation started? Can you do it without appearing awkward? Should your goal be to bring someone to the foot of the cross in every conversation you have? Join Frank as he reveals the Top Ten questions that will help you have effective evangelism conversations with friends and even people you meet for the first time. As you’ll see, your goal should not be to bring everyone to the foot of the cross in every conversation. Just moving people closer to Christ incrementally should be your goal in most instances. This takes the pressure off of you by acknowledging that other people and the Holy Spirit have roles in the process too, which will mean you’ll be more apt to evangelize. Your job is to be faithful and to leave the results to God. Frank’s Ten Questions will help you be faithful and move people closer to Jesus. Don’t miss this very practical show! Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jan 14, 2022
How the Chain of Custody Affirms the Biblical Jesus
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We don’t possess the original New Testament papyrus scrolls. They deteriorate too quickly to have survived this long. So how do we know that the manuscripts we have now are accurate representations of the originals? Is it reasonable to believe that they have been corrupted and embellished to falsely say that Jesus rose from the dead? Detective J. Warner Wallace joins Frank to answer those questions. He cites a technique that law enforcement uses to ensure that evidence from murder or any crime isn’t corrupted. It’s called the Chain of Custody. Is there a chain of custody that secures the evidence about the identity of Jesus from the time of the eyewitnesses all the way to the fourth century when manuscript evidence was more abundant? Listen to find out. This is fascinating! Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jan 07, 2022
Who is your authority?
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As we enter 2022, how do you make decisions about the biggest issues in life? Who or what is your authority? What doctrines are you following? Everyone believes in certain doctrines—truths about reality. Even atheists. These doctrines govern not only what we think but what we do, how we act. Paul wrote to his disciple, Timothy, "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers" (1 Tim 4:15-16). Are we really watching our lives and doctrine closely? Join Frank as he examines that question and the ultimate question, who is your authority? Is it you? Your parents? Your culture? Your government? Your church? Or is it Jesus? This show has some very practical insights and questions you can ask to help you follow Christ and make better decisions. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 30, 2021
The Fascinating Origin of Christmas Traditions | with Bill Federer
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How did we go from the birth of Jesus to Santa, stockings, reindeer, the North Pole, Christmas trees, and Kris Kringle? Does any of this come from Christianity or real-world historical events? The surprising answer is "YES" (well, much of it anyway)! Join Frank as he welcomes the ever insightful historian Bill Federer onto the show to share the fascinating story of how so many Christmas traditions originated and have been passed down to us today. If you want to see a visual presentation of this, be sure to watch the Hope ONE Livestream from December 23rd with Bill Federer. It is posted on our YouTube Channel. And thanks for considering us as you make your year-end donations. This podcast, all of the events we conduct on college and high school campuses, and everything you see on TV and online are funded by your generous donations. Your support goes 100% to ministry and 0% to buildings! Thank you for donating here. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 23, 2021
Why Grace is the True Meaning of Christmas
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What is the true meaning of Christmas? As Christians, we know it has little to do with trees, presents, and reindeer. But what is it really about? Why is there a Christmas at all? Frank goes to an unlikely place to highlight why Christmas exists — the book of Galatians. There, the Apostle Paul fights for the truth of the gospel — the “good news”— the news that Christ has come to take our sin upon Himself and offer us forgiveness and righteousness for free. The greatest news in the history of the world is that God saves us by grace. Christianity would not be unique if it was just another works-based way to get to God. Grace sets people free from guilt, from rituals, from anxiety, and, most importantly, from our sins. Join Frank as he unpacks this from the first book of the Bible Paul ever wrote, with the most important message he ever wrote. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 16, 2021
Finding God’s Will for Your Life
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How do you find God’s will for your life? God sends you hints and nudges so you know what school to go to, what job to take, and who to marry. After all, God’s sheep “hear his voice”, we are “led by the Spirit”, and God gives us “peace” when we discover his will through “a still, small voice”. That’s the traditional Christian view. But is that view biblical? Sorry, but the answer is no! Greg Koukl, president of Stand to Reason and CIA instructor, joins Frank to show us why this view is wrong, and to offer us the true biblical view of finding God’s will for your life. Along the way, Greg addresses all the scriptures typically used to defend the traditional view and shows why they don’t work. While some people may be upset because they think the true biblical view takes God away from them, the biblical view is actually liberating and will help you become a more mature disciple of Christ. This podcast is certainly one of the most practical and important we’ve done recently, so please don’t miss it! For much more on this topic, be sure to read Greg’s three-part series called Does God Whisper? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on Apple Podcast: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 10, 2021
Chesterton’s Gateway
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About a century ago the editor of the London Times asked his readers to write in to answer the question, “What’s wrong with the world?” G.K. Chesterton wrote back two words: “I am.” Chesterton was a Christian writer, poet, illustrator, and debater who went on to write more than 80 books and thousands of essays. One of his books had a profound impact on C.S. Lewis. You’ve probably heard several of Chesterton’s quotes even if you don’t recognize the name. Ethan Nicolle, who is also one of the brilliant minds behind the Babylon Bee, has made it easy to read 14 of Chesterton’s best essays in his new book called Chesterton’s Gateway. He joins Frank on this podcast to share some of the best insights and humor from Chesterton on issues such as wonder, progressivism, religious freedom, and our inane tendency to abandon traditional morality for new fads, among other topics. As you’ll see, Chesterton was well ahead of his time predicting much of what has happened in the world and our modern culture even though he died over 85 years ago. We think you’ll enjoy this one! Get the book here: https://amzn.to/3pGXvon If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 03, 2021
Eternal Hell for Temporal Sins?
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How is it just for God to punish people for eternity when they’ve only committed temporal sins? Isn’t that overkill? Is Hell just temporary? Is it loving for God to “send” people to Hell? Frank answers those questions and others on this sensitive topic. Plus, he dives into some of the objections leveled at the evidence that authenticates both the New Testament and the recently found burial box of the High Priest Caiaphas. Yes, we’ve actually discovered the grave and bones of the man who sentenced Jesus to die! But is the box real or a fake? Find out in this week's episode of the ‘I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist’ Podcast. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Nov 26, 2021
Bullies and Saints | with Dr. John Dickson
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Atheist Christopher Hitchens once wrote, “religion poisons everything”, and he included the Christian religion in that assessment. When you look at the behavior of some claiming to be Christians over the centuries— when you look at church history— you realize that Hitchens was right in many ways. The history of Christianity has been a mixed bag historically: some very good behavior and some very bad behavior. Dr. John Dickson of the University of Sydney and visiting professor at Oxford has written a brilliant and balanced book called, 'Bullies and Saints: An Honest Look at the Good and Evil of Christian History,' that covers every century of church history. He joins Frank to reveal the truth about: The behavior of the first believers (they were “good losers”) Myths about Constantine How the religious freedom beliefs of Tertullian got to Thomas Jefferson Why slavery was eradicated and why it took so long The Crusades The Spanish Inquisition The real reason for the violence in Northern Ireland The worst scandal in church history The most unique ethical contributions of Christianity The most surprising discovery made by Dr. Dickson in his research Why bullies are common, but saints are not How our bad behavior implies a standard and our need for a Savior Get the book here: https://amzn.to/3cvMaRu And please check out Dr. Dickson’s wonderfully produced podcast at undeceptions.com. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Nov 18, 2021
Cosmic Chemistry | with John Lennox
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One of the greatest myths regarding God and science is that science has somehow disproven God. The exact opposite is actually closer to the truth. If science has disproven anything, it has disproven atheism. How can that be? The Great Dr. John Lennox, Professor at Oxford University, joins Frank to offer answers by discussing his new book Cosmic Chemistry.  They address questions such as: What can science explain and what are its limits— what can’t it explain? What are new developments in science that are pointing more toward intelligence as a cause? How does atheistic materialism negate our ability to reason and our ability to do science? Why does science depend on an intelligent being? What is the origin of natural laws? What is the origin of information and why can’t information be explained by natural laws? Why does evolution fail to disprove God? Even if macroevolution is true, how do we know there is an intelligence behind the evolutionary process? What about the “God of the gaps” objection?   Dr. Lennox is his usual cogent and winsome self-offering analogies that help us all understand complex subjects. Don’t miss this one and make sure to get his new book here: https://amzn.to/2YEp1ZU For his movie “Against the Tide” click here: https://amzn.to/321wPqd If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Nov 12, 2021
Should You Criticize Moral or Religious Beliefs?
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Is it wrong to criticize someone’s moral or religious beliefs? Many people think so. Frank takes this assertion head on and reveals that it is self-defeating, impractical, and unbiblical. For example, those who claim we can’t judge anyone’s moral beliefs are judging themselves and asserting a moral belief. If we can’t criticize someone’s moral beliefs then how can we say the Nazis were wrong or the Jihadists on 9-11 were wrong? How can you say your position on LGBTQ issues, racism, or climate change is right? How can we follow the teachings of the prophets and Jesus and the apostles? Tune in. There’s a lot of ground covered in this one! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Nov 05, 2021
Is Atheism Dead? | with Eric Metaxas
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Best-selling author Eric Metaxas (Bonhoeffer, Luther, Amazing Grace, Miracles) joins Frank to reveal highlights of his new book Is Atheism Dead? Eric covers the discoveries pointing to God from science and archaeology, and he does so by telling the stories leading to these momentous discoveries. It’s a delightful read, and it shows how much the script has flipped from science points away from God to now science strongly pointing toward God. On the podcast, Frank and Eric discuss the Big Bang, the fine-tuning of the universe, and the utter futility of trying to find a natural cause for the first life. The universe and life provide compelling evidence for supreme intelligence. They also cite a few of the more prominent archaeological finds, including the home of Jesus and Mary in Nazareth which was just discovered last year. Get the book here: https://amzn.to/2Zvj5Ta If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Oct 29, 2021
Mama Bear Apologetics Guide to Sexuality
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The top apologetics book over the past two years on Amazon has been Hillary Morgan Ferrer’s Mama Bear Apologetics (yes, I think it's sold even more than Mere Christianity). Well, Hillary is back with an equally great new book called Mama Bear Apologetics Guide to Sexuality. And she writes about hard issues in a fun and memorable way. For example, here’s a short excerpt: The idea that sexuality should be guarded is not very popular. Our society sees it as just a prudish phase we went through back in the Victorian era. Thanks to Freud, we are now supposedly enlightened, understanding that sexual repression is basically the gateway to all mental illnesses. Be free, little birdies! It’s for your own good! Don’t listen to those religious nutjobs. They craaazy! Well, are we craaazy? Listen in as Frank asks Hillary to explain why biblical sexual ethics are correct and how you can teach them to your kids. You can’t refute something that you don’t understand. This podcast and Hillary’s book will help you understand the top issues of our day. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Oct 22, 2021
The Case for Heaven with Lee Strobel
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Is there really an afterlife? Is there any evidence outside the Bible that we live on after death? What will Heaven be like? The great Lee Strobel is back on the show with another wonderful “case" book, this one is called The Case for Heaven. Frank asks Lee several intriguing questions that are answered in his new book such as: What evidence is there that we have a soul? What do Near Death Experiences tell us about the afterlife? How can we confirm that NDEs are real and not invented stories? (Some have been invented, but others verified.) What is Hell like? Is it possible that Hell is temporary? Why would God punish someone eternally for temporal sin? Where do we go when we die? Is there are a chance to accept Christ after death? What is Heaven really like? It’s not one long church service, is it? If Heaven is real (and it is), you don’t want to miss it! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Oct 15, 2021
Are You a Moody Christian?
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Are you a Moody Christian? Do you rely on your feelings about Christianity or the evidence for Christianity? Should you have certain feelings that confirm you are saved? Frank answers those questions and offers some practical insights from C.S. Lewis on not only how to develop your relationship with Christ but how to develop your relationships with your loved ones. He also shows why most of what you know is based on the testimony of others. That’s even true for scientists! Finally, Frank shows why you can trust the testimonies of the New Testament writers. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/0E2eua9 Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Oct 08, 2021
What is faith? And why everyone has it!
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• What is faith? • Is faith blind? • Doesn’t the Bible say that faith is the conviction of things not seen? • What is the difference between "belief that" and "belief in"? • Did Jesus use evidence to prove who he was? • What is the relationship between faith and reason? • Is there a difference between knowledge and certainty? • Do atheists just lack a belief in God or do they have faith too? Join Frank as he investigates these questions and shows why everyone has faith, from Christians to atheists and everyone in between. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Oct 01, 2021
Person of Interest | with J. Warner Wallace
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Detective Wallace is back to show us through his new book, Person of Interest, the monumental and unparalleled impact Jesus of Nazareth has had on the entire world.  But this isn’t a softball interview.  Frank plays devil’s advocate with Jim to see how he responds to some tough objection’s skeptics might levy against some of his points, such as: Sure, Jesus has had a big impact, but couldn’t Christianity be based on a lie and then promoted by the Roman empire? You say Christians started science, but everyone was a Christian back then, so what’s the big deal? Aren’t science and Christianity at odds?  After all, look at how the church treated Galileo! As for the book, it is truly a unique and inspiring work that helps you realize the tremendous influence of the historical Jesus, which is best explained by His resurrection from the dead.  Person of Interest is wonderfully argued and illustrated (over 400 drawings).  If you want to buy the book or view a sample chapter, go to www.personofinterestbook.com. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Sep 24, 2021
Do You Trust Science?
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Do you trust experts? Do you trust science? Why do we get conflicting advice from experts and scientists? Frank investigates those questions by citing the bogus papers Dr. Peter Boghossian published in academic journals which exposes that experts, like the rest of us, are susceptible to biases, social pressure, ideological blindness, and groupthink. Be especially wary when people claim there is a scientific “consensus"! That normally means there really isn’t a consensus, and people will pressure dissenters into silence. But the history of science shows that our knowledge advances when we question the prevailing orthodoxy— when we ask for the evidence that people use to come to their conclusions. Frank also cites evidence that science related to Covid has become politicized— that certain policies and treatment recommendations lead to contradictions and questions. The censors will be out for this episode! Links cited: My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit. Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’ The Grievance Studies Affair revealed There is no American monarchy Ivermectin Wins in India Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 A five-day course of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 may reduce the duration of illness If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
Sep 17, 2021
Is There Really a Tree of Life?
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When evolutionist Richard Dawkins was asked for the most powerful evidence for evolution, he cited the tree of life. We see it in all the textbooks— all living things are ancestrally related in a tree of life. But what is the evidence for that tree of life? Is there any counter-evidence to it? Dr. Stephen Meyer joins Frank to point out three massive problems to conclude that there really is a tree of life, one of which is that the computers that generate the tree are programmed to do so regardless of what genetic evidence you input. In other words, no matter what data you put in, you will always get a tree! Steve then identifies evidence against common ancestry and offers three scientific arguments for the existence of God. Frank and Steve also discuss the resignation of atheist Professor Peter Boghossian from Portland State University. According to his resignation letter, Dr. Boghossian resigned because "brick by brick, the university has made this kind of [free] intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division." Articles/websites discussed: Why God is still the best scientific theory to explain our life on Earth Steven Weinberg and the twilight of the godless universe My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology. So Today I Quit. ReturnOfTheGodHypothesis.com If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Sep 10, 2021
Why is everything political?
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Why is everything political? How much should the Christian be involved politically? The truth is, like many other endeavors, we can be involved too much or too little. Frank pulls insightful points from a WWII C.S. Lewis sermon to encourage us to do our civic duty while reminding us where our ultimate loyalties should lie. Frank also explains why everything is political and why Christians have to be involved without making politics, party, or the nation an idol. Here are the links mentioned, including Frank’s column on leaving Americans in Afghanistan: https://cutt.ly/dWQRKxZ Abigail Shrier: https://cutt.ly/TWQRUd8 C.S. Lewis, Learning in Wartime: https://cutt.ly/pWQRR4N If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: https://cutt.ly/SWQGDUc Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Sep 03, 2021
A Short History of Islam
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Frank brings Bill Federer back to take us on a fascinating historical ride from the founding of Islam right up to the present day. Along the way Frank and Bill (mostly Bill!) provide insights into questions like: Why don’t our leaders understand the beliefs of groups such as the Taliban? How did Islam begin? Who was Muhammad and what did he do? How did Muslims conquer much of the Mediterranean in the first 100 years? What are the differences between Sunni and Shiite? What does “Peace” mean to the Taliban? How did the discovery of oil reinvigorate jihad and groups like the Taliban? Why would a four-star USAF General compare Trump supporters to the Taliban? Don’t all religions kill? How do Islam and Christianity compare? See this comparison between Sharia law and the U.S. Constitution from a recent email edition of AmericanMinute. Sign up for Bill’s email at AmericanMinute.com. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Aug 27, 2021
A Short History of Tyranny
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How do you take power from the people and consolidate it in a dictator or government? There are known tactics to do this, and they have been demonstrated since the time of Plato. Historian Bill Federer joins Frank and identifies these tactics. He then takes us on a fascinating ride through history to show us how these tactics have been used in the past and how they are being used right now. Among the questions they discuss are: What is socialism? What are the two ways you can take power from people gradually? Does it require a grand conspiracy to do it? Who in the Bible invented identity politics? Where does Critical Theory come from and what does it teach? How did the Nazis arrest power from the people? How are those tactics being used in the US? Don’t miss this podcast. History is repeating itself! Bill’s new book here. His website is: www.AmericanMinute.com The first of his recent presentations at CCCH can be found here. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Aug 20, 2021
Proving Jesus without the Bible
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Suppose none of the New Testament survived to this day. Would we know anything about Jesus and his teachings? Yes, much of what we know today about Jesus and his teachings we would know even without any of the New Testament documents. How? Cold-Case Homicide Detective J. Warner Wallace joins Frank to show you how. Drawing from his amazing new book, Person of Interest, Wallace shows the unparalleled impact Jesus has had on culture in six different areas: literature, art, science, music, education, and even other world religions. To cite just one example from art, you could reconstruct the entire Gospel of Mark just from paintings and drawings done in the first several hundred years following Jesus. Wallace lays out several other examples. And the conversation is just getting started. This is just the first show on this topic. Check back in September for the next one. In the meantime, if you pre-order the book, you’ll get some free stuff that you can get nowhere else! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Aug 13, 2021
What’s the Solution to the Identity Crisis?
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Why are people denying that there are differences between men and women? Why are people struggling with their identity? What’s the solution to all this? Join Frank as he addresses these questions and others. Along the way he points out how transgender ideology presupposes fixed genders: how living “my truth” is self-defeating; and why “following your heart” is usually unwise. There is a better way forward, not only in this life but right into eternity. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Aug 06, 2021
A Scientific Way to Show that God Exists
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What do you say when someone says, “What evidence do you have that God exists?” Frank believes the answer to that question is a philosophical principle that is the ground of all science: the law of causality. Every effect has a cause. So what effects point back to God? That’s what Frank unpacks in this show to the point where you can demonstrate several attributes of God by just looking at the effects around you. In other words, you can show someone that the Creator God of the Bible most likely exists, and you don’t even need to open the Bible to do so. Frank also answers objections to God being the cause of some effects, such as “god of the gaps” and "the law of causality doesn’t always apply". If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jul 30, 2021
Has God Failed You?
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What kind of God would allow evil and suffering to good people? Didn’t God promise that your faith could move mountains? Then why haven’t your prayers been answered? And isn’t the Bible a bigoted and outdated book (just look at the transgender issue)? To address those questions, Dr. Michael Brown joins Frank and cites insights from his new book, “Has God Failed You? Finding Faith When You’re Not Even Sure God is Real”. This honest look into some of the most vexing questions that Christians face is both helpful and encouraging. Websites referenced include AskDrBrown.org and SexChangeRegret.com For more on Dr. Brown and his outstanding work on Messianic Prophecy see RealMessiah.com If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jul 23, 2021
What if MY truth contradicts YOUR truth?
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Where do rights come from? Why are people claiming, “I have a right to live MY truth”? And why are they insisting that you have to live their truth? What can you say to such people? How can you show them that their truth might not be the truth? How can you love them the right way? To love them, do we have to approve of what they want to do? These are some of the questions that Frank addresses in this very practical podcast that will help you successfully respond to the cultural issues of the day. Frank also provides a series of questions you should ask your woke boss. Unless people start responding rather than succumbing to the current totalitarian impulse sweeping our schools and corporations, things will only get worse. This show will help you respond intelligently. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jul 16, 2021
More Hidden Themes in the Bible with Dr. Chip Bennett
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Dr. Chip Bennett rejoins Frank for another fascinating and revealing look into the hidden themes of the Bible (if you haven’t heard the first show in this series, go back two weeks and listen to “Hidden Themes in the Bible"). This time Dr. Bennett further unpacks how we should interpret the Bible to discover some of its literary themes. They discuss one theme that begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation (the City of God); one in Acts 12, and the literary theme of the Book of Revelation that comes right out of the Old Testament. God’s tapestry is amazing! Go to www.reachnextgen.com to learn more! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jul 09, 2021
Religious Freedom: Behind the Scenes at the State Department
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Christianity and other faiths are under attack around the world.  What is our government doing about it?  Pam Pryor was a high-ranking official within the United States State Department during the Trump Administration and joins Frank to reveal what goes on behind the scenes at State to support religious freedom around the world.  Pam shares some shocking stats and stories that will both be alarming and encouraging.  She is also organizing an international summit on religious freedom that meets in Washington July 13-15.  Go to www.IRFSummit.com for details. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jul 02, 2021
Hidden Themes in the Bible with Dr. Chip Bennett
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Have you ever had an “ah-ha” moment reading a Bible passage that you’ve read many times before? Have you ever noticed a pattern or a theme in the Bible that you didn’t see until someone showed it to you? Is the Bible a plain, one-dimensional text or a much richer revelation— a tapestry woven together by a Divine Mind? Dr. Chip Bennett, Pastor of Grace Community Church in Sarasota, Florida, joins Frank to reveal some of the amazing hidden themes of the Bible.  We say “hidden” because most people today don’t know about them.  But the early church fathers, taking cues from Jesus and Paul, discovered that the scriptures are an integrated tapestry that has common themes spread throughout.   Chip and Frank discuss themes related to the third day, the Bride, the Serpent, the calming of the sea, and others.  Not only will you look at the Bible differently, but you’ll also see another reason why the Bible— written by about 40 authors over 1,500 years— must have a Divine Mind behind it. Truly fascinating! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jun 25, 2021
Is the Christian Left Hijacking the Church?
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Pastor and author Lucas Miles joins Frank to discuss his new book, The Christian Left: How Liberal Thought Has Hijacked the Church.   Why has the church gone left?  Is the culture influencing the church rather than the church influencing the culture?  How should Christians respond to the following claims? Jesus accepts everyone. Jesus would never get in the way of the love between two people. Jesus was a refugee. Jesus accepts foreigners and strangers. God doesn’t create walls that prevent us from coming to him. People need to live their truth. Some people are just born gay (or bi or transgender). A real Christian accepts everyone. Frank and Lucas also discuss where the right has gone wrong, and how Christians can get back to advocating the Truth. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jun 18, 2021
More Reasons You Can’t Make the New Testament Up
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How do we know the New Testament writers actually told the truth?  Could the New Testament story be invented?   Building on two previous shows, Frank gives five reasons why it takes more “faith" to believe that the New Testament writers invented the story. 1) non-Christian sources, 2) historical crosshairs and eyewitness details, 3) embarrassing details about themselves and even Jesus, 4) demanding sayings and commands of Jesus, and 5) the fact that they carefully distinguished their words from the words of Jesus. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jun 11, 2021
What’s in a name? Evidence!
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How do we know that the writers of the Gospels and Acts were eyewitnesses?  One way we can tell is through a study of names in the New Testament.  It may sound boring, but it’s actually fascinating. Dr. Richard Bauckham has done most of the work for us, and his conclusions are actually changing New Testament scholarship.  Frank explores just one piece of evidence in Dr. Bauckham’s 700-page book.  When you compare the names in the Gospels and Acts to names from other sources in and around Israel at the time, what do we find?  Evidence that is quite compelling that the Gospels and Acts contain eyewitness testimony! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jun 04, 2021
Woke Soldiers?
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Is the US Military going woke? Is it getting too political?  If it is, why should Christians care? Some say that the Pentagon’s "Countering Extremist Working Group” is targeting conservatives, and maybe even Christians in the military, painting everyone as a right-wing extremist.  The head of this task force has let his leftist political leanings known.  Moreover, a Lt. Col. in the Space Force has recently been relieved of his command for writing a book exposing Marxism in the military.  Did he have the authority to do that?  Is he telling the truth? Join Frank as he addresses these issues and points out that the kind of “diversity” and “equity” demanded by the Left does nothing to advance the mission of the US military and may even hurt that mission. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   WokeSoldiers-IDHEFTBAAPodcast4.28.21
May 28, 2021
Cancelling Cancel Culture
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What comes to your mind when you hear “cancel culture”? Words that come to mind are rash, hostile, judgmental, unforgiving, graceless, and subjective. Join Frank as he unpacks some problems with cancel culture and answers this important question: How are Christians supposed to respond when pressured to agree with ideologies that are unbiblical and harmful? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   CancellingCancelCulture-IDHEFTBAAPodcast5.21.21
May 21, 2021
Freedom Requires Restraint
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What does it really mean to be free? Does it mean that you're free of all restraints? If it does— as many in our culture seem to think— then exercising that kind of freedom will lead to your demise. Can you really create your own reality, independent of the facts? You’ll be amazed at what some college students think about this. You’ll hear an unforgettable clip of what they say about what should be uncontroversial and obvious truths. During this show, Frank unpacks the critical difference between being free FROM and being free TO. He also shows why the cancel culture is so joyless and hostile, and why you will never get peace without truth. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   FreedomRequiresRestraint-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(5.14.21) FreedomRequiresRestraint-IDHEFTBAAPodcast5.14.21
May 14, 2021
Unbelievable? With Justin Brierley
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Justin Brierley, host of the wildly successful debate podcast from the UK called Unbelievable? joins Frank to reveal why he’s still a Christian after hearing atheist arguments for the last 15 years.  Justin moderates debates and discussions between Christians and atheists or people of other faiths (Frank has been on the program twice).   Justin and Frank discuss the best arguments for atheism, the problems with materialism, and the fact that the new atheism is dying as atheists are becoming increasingly more open to Christianity. Join Justin, N.T. Wright, Josh, and Sean McDowell, and many others online for the 2021 Unbelievable conference on May 15.  Details are here. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Unbelievable-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(5.8.21)
May 07, 2021
Cancelling the Myth: Sharing the Gospel Online is Not Effective
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Jorge Gil, Executive Director of CrossExamined.org, guest hosts this week’s episode of the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist podcast. Jorge dives into the challenges of the digital mission field during his interview with Jon McCray, founder of the incredibly successful YouTube channel, Whaddo You Meme?? Does the internet only have room for the me-centric “Christian influencer” or can we do better? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   CancellingTheMyth(5.1.21)
Apr 30, 2021
The Key to Your Life in One Verse
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John Stonestreet, President of the ColsonCenter.org joins Frank to unpack one verse in the Bible that will determine the fate of your life.  To the extent that you can control your life, this one verse says it all (and it’s NOT John 3:16— in fact, it’s not even in the New Testament).  This is a very practical show that will help you and your loved ones set the right path for life. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher TheKeyToYourLife-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.26.21)
Apr 23, 2021
Your God is Too Small
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Well, this is going to be provocative. Frank says that your God is too small if you can’t understand why Jesus is the only way. Your God is too small if you can’t imagine that God would disagree with you on certain moral matters. Your God is too small if you can’t understand why God would kill a man for simply preventing the Ark of the Covenant from falling into the mud. This episode will help you comprehend who the true God really is. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   YourGodIsTooSmall(4.17.21)
Apr 15, 2021
Jesus a Racist?
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A “woke” pastor recently released a popular TikTok video charging Jesus with racism.  After all, in Mark 7 Jesus appears to call a Canaanite woman a “dog.”  On the face of it, that appears to be at least slander, if not racism.  What do we make of this?  Frank addresses that question as well as: Should we just take Christianity on blind faith? How should we respond to pastors blessing sexual immorality? And should United Airlines have a racial and gender quota for their pilots?  They just announced that they are planning on it! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   JesusARacist?-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.10.21)
Apr 09, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis PART 2 with Dr. Stephen Meyer
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Dr. Stephen Meyer joins Frank for part 2 of the three major discoveries that comprise his excellent new book, Return of the God Hypothesis.  They discuss the evidence for The beginning of the universe The fine-tuning of the universe The information found in living things All of which points to an intelligent being.  Who is this Intelligent being?  The God of the Bible?  And what about the God of the Gaps objection? Frank and Steve touch on those and other questions.  In the meantime, make sure you get the book because there is so much more there If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   ReturnOfGodHypothesisPt2-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.3.21)
Apr 01, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis with Dr. Stephen Meyer
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Is science and religion at war? If so, why were the founders of modern science all theists, most Christians? Why did God as a cause fall out of favor for a while but is now returning? What about God of the gaps? Dr. Stephen Meyer joins Frank to discuss some major findings expressed in his excellent new book, Return of the God Hypothesis. Their far-reaching conversation includes answers to the questions just mentioned, plus: Why do the laws of nature exist? What are they? Do they actually cause anything? What three discoveries over the past century are causing the return of God's hypothesis? What evidence do we have that the universe had a beginning? Did the universe really come from nothing? Couldn’t it have come from pre-existing matter? Why say God caused it? Why not a multiverse or a quantum vacuum? This is only part 1. Come back next week when Dr. Meyer returns to discuss the evidence for the fine-tuning of the universe as well as the evidence for intelligence in life. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   ReturnOfGodHypothesis-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.27.21)
Mar 26, 2021
You Can’t Make this Stuff Up!
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How can we know that the New Testament writers are telling the truth?  Frank presents three lines of evidence to show that they didn’t make up the NT story:   It has EMBARRASSING DETAILS that would not have been invented by those trying to pass off a lie as the truth.   There is EMBEDDED CONFIRMATION between the gospel accounts that show the writers either were eyewitnesses or are citing independent eyewitness sources of the same events.   The Jewish writers died EXCRUCIATING DEATHS when they could have saved themselves by staying with their Jewish beliefs and denying the Resurrection.   There are many points in this show that you can share with your unbelieving friends.  Just ask them before you do: “If Jesus really rose from the dead to prove He is God, would you follow Him?"   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org.   Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   YouCantMakeThisStuffUp-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.20.21)mp3
Mar 19, 2021
Can You Believe Something You’ve Never Seen?
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Many people say that they can’t believe in miracles because they’ve never seen one.  Is that a good reason to disbelieve in the miraculous?  Frank points out that you believe in a lot of things that you’ve never seen, and that miracles are exactly the kind of phenomenon that occurs rarely.  If they occurred more… well, you’ll have to listen.  So should we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus?  Frank gives four lines of evidence to show that the answer is yes.  In fact, it takes more faith to believe Jesus did NOT rise from the dead.  (Note: This podcast builds on the evidence presented in last week’s show.)   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org.   Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast  rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   CanYouBelieveSomething-IDHEFTBAAPodcast2(3.13.21)mp3
Mar 12, 2021
Murder Without a Cause?
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Did former football star O.J. Simpson actually murder two people back in 1994?  The evidence appears overwhelming that he did.  Frank goes through that evidence and then relates it to the question of God’s existence. What is the probability that this evidence would exist if OJ was NOT the murderer? Likewise, what is the probability we would have the evidence for God we have if God does NOT exist? Along the way, Frank discusses the cosmological, teleological, and moral arguments, and even uses a poker analogy to illustrate the prohibitive odds of saying that God does NOT exist. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher MurderWithoutACause-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.6.21)
Mar 05, 2021
Progressive Christianity: Coming to a Church Near You
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A self-described "progressive" Christian church in Nashville, TN made headlines last week with a meme claiming the Bible is not the word of God, not infallible, and not inerrant. Years ago, this was an evangelical church in the heart of the Bible belt, but over time, the slow and subtle shift toward liberalism and postmodernism came to a head when they declared themselves a "progressive" church. Alisa addresses questions including: What is the progressive view of the Bible? How does this view contradict the historic Christian view of the Bible? What are some ways progressives try and pass their views as "Christian?" How do progressives change the definitions of commonly understood words and phrases? What is Jesus' view of Scripture and how does it contradict the progressive view? What does a typical progressive doctrinal statement look like? How can we spot these ideas in our own churches? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   ProgressiveChristianity-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(2.27.21)(
Feb 26, 2021
The Ravi Zacharias scandal and the truth of Christianity
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The report is out, and it is devastating.  Many of the facts have come from the victims themselves and have been verified by looking at Ravi’s own smartphones, which included text messages, emails, and pictures.  For several years Ravi Zacharias had been living a double life; on one hand as a respected Christian apologist, evangelist, and ministry leader; on the other as a serial sexual predator—a man who used his reputation to groom women, many of them massage therapists, to engage in immoral behavior against their will. Frank comments on Ravi’s unconscionable behavior and addresses several questions including: Why did no one notice this earlier? Why didn’t the Holy Spirit prevent this and other high-profile falls? Does this disprove Christianity? What can we do to prevent this from happening again? Frank also cites 10 ways that such evil behavior is actually a reminder to us that the Christian worldview is true and opposing worldviews are not. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   RaviZachariasScandal(2.20.21)
Feb 19, 2021
Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence?
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If you believe in the Resurrection or the biblical miracles, skeptics will often dismiss your beliefs by saying that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.   Is that claim true?  What does “extraordinary” mean?  Do skeptics and atheists apply that standard to their own beliefs?  In this show, Frank lays out some of the evidence for Christianity— some of which is extraordinary— and then examines the counterclaims of atheists.  It turns out that atheist claims are extraordinary, yet they have no evidence for them!  Frank also addresses these questions:  Why is there evidence for anything?  Why is does this orderly universe exist and why can our minds gather and understand that evidence?   What best explains ordinary cause and effect? You might become amazed at the ordinary all around you. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DoExtraordinaryClaims-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(2.13.21)
Feb 13, 2021
Racism Doesn’t Explain Everything
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Why are women paid less on average than men for the same job? Is it sexism? Why do certain ethnic groups have worse outcomes than others?  Is it racism?  Why did Alberto Salazar beat Frank Turek by 43 minutes in the 1981 New York City Marathon?  Was it discrimination?  How do you discover the causes for different outcomes in life?   Frank shows that true cause and effect regarding outcomes in our society is much more difficult to establish than those who chant slogans.  There are hundreds of reasons why people wind up where they are.   Discrimination may explain some of it, but our country has made great progress away from racism despite what current woke people say.  Racism does not explain everything.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 06, 2021
Tactics for People who Won’t Listen
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Greg Koukl, the author of the great book Tactics (the 10th Anniversary edition), joins Frank to discuss tactical ways you can have conversations with people who won’t listen— people who claim that they reject the use of reason.  In fact, if you use reason, that’s just a cover for your racism!   They also discuss the hazards of using the term “social justice”, and how to respond to those who do. As always, Greg provides helpful insights on how a Christian can effectively navigate this increasingly hostile culture. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jan 29, 2021
EVIL NEVER RESTS
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Proverbs 18:17 says, “The one who states his case first seems right until the other comes and examines him.”   Yet, there’s an expectation that you’re supposed to have an informed opinion on an event the second a story breaks.  And if you don’t say something, you’ll be accused of not caring:  Silence is violence!  Silence is compliance! Frank applies this insight to a question about the riots and then addresses questions related to: Is there ever a justification for using violence against your government? Are biblical prohibitions about homosexual behavior really about pedophilia? How can we be sinless in heaven if we have free will?  Won’t there be the potential for sin? How can prayer work if God knows all things in advance? Is recreational marijuana biblical? If God designed DNA, then why are there birth defects? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher EvilNeverRests-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.23.21
Jan 22, 2021
“Immortal: How Death Drives Us” with Clay Jones
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Are you happy or sad about current events?  Don’t get too happy or sad because the things of this world are temporary.  The state is temporary, but you are eternal. Solomon said that God has put eternity on our hearts.  But unless we accept God’s gracious offer of Heaven, we will try to find substitutes for God in an attempt to satisfy our desire for immortality.   Join Frank as he welcomes Dr. Clay Jones to share findings from his new book, Immortal:  How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It.  Clay and Frank have an insightful conversation about many related issues, including philosophy, C.S. Lewis, why some Christians fear death, and whether or not true meaning can be found without God. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher ImmortalHowDeathDrivesUs-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.16.21
Jan 15, 2021
The Roots of Riots
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Why was there a riot at the Capitol by Trump Supporters?  Why have there been riots across America this year by Leftists?  What are the roots of these riots?  Frank exposes the underlying problem in our country that has led to violence.  There is plenty of blame to go around, including the church. There is no excuse for this violence but there are plenty of explanations. Along the way, he distinguishes between causes and conditions and what Christians should do to help our country. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher RootsOfRiots-IDHEFTBAAPodcast1.9.21
Jan 08, 2021
Using Beauty to Deceive
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If you want to deceive someone to believe a falsehood, dress up the falsehood to look beautiful or at least more attractive.  This deception occurs every day in our culture, and sometimes the church when people use language as a beautiful cover for sin.  In this show, Frank looks at how people do this by using attractive words— such as Love, tolerance, justice, equality, progressive, and the like— to make you feel better about doing something wrong.  Listening might help you discern truth from deception and avoid sin and pain. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 31, 2020
Of Infinite Importance
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How many of the objections did you hear about Christianity strike at the heart of Christianity? In other words, if you couldn’t answer them would that mean that Christianity is false?  Frank has discovered that the answer is no.   Christianity is still true even if such objections or questions remain unaddressed.  In this show, Frank unpacks that point and C.S. Lewis’s maxim that Christianity, if true, is of Infinite Importance.  Why? Because how you respond to the true meaning of Christmas will determine your eternity. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 23, 2020
Critical Theory with Dr. Neil Shenvi
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Why are people being canceled for recognizing clear biological facts?  Why are all white people being declared racist regardless of their behavior?  Why are people being ordered to repent for sins they never personally committed?  Dr. Neil Shenvi explains that these and other shocking phenomena in our culture are the results of a growing view of the world called “Critical Theory.”  He joins Frank to answer questions such as:  What is Critical Theory?  What does it get right, and what does it get wrong?  How does it line up with the Bible?How does it oppose what Martin Luther King taught? What are some signs that it is seeping into your church?   What questions should you ask people who believe it? What practical steps should we take to improve race relations in America?  As you’ll see, Neil is very clear and concise about this growing movement in our culture.  If you don’t care about this now, you will be made to care.  See much more about this topic on Dr. Shenvi’s website:  www.ShenviApologetics.com If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 18, 2020
“Chasing Love” by Sean McDowell
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Almost everyone is in love with love. But what is love and how does it relate to sex? Dr. Sean McDowell joins Frank to offer insights from his new book 𝘾𝙝𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚: 𝙎𝙚𝙭, 𝙇𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙍𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝘾𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚. Frank and Sean discuss everything from the purpose of life to the purpose of sex, as well as issues such as singleness, pornography, cohabitation, and transgenderism. These issues are overtaking our culture, and Christians must be able to understand them and help the people they impact. This podcast will help! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 11, 2020
How Should Christians Disagree About Important Things?
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By Richard Land   This past week the Evangelical world has reverberated with a debate by two of Evangelicaldom’s most illustrious, influential, and popular theologians: John Piper and Wayne Grudem. On October 22, John Piper wrote an article, “Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin: Pondering the Implications of the 2020 Elections.” In which he explains why he would not be voting for Biden or Trump and noted in a tweet that “the reasoning really matters.” Piper’s article ignited a firestorm of discussion on social media. On October 27, Wayne Grudem wrote an in-depth response to Piper, “A Respectful Response to My Friend John Piper about Voting for Trump,” which appeared in The Christian Post.  I won’t try to summarize what they said. They did that themselves, succinctly and with clarity and passion. They were both clearly aware that they were in disagreement about profoundly important issues. And yet, they were respectful and well-mannered. They did not allow their substantive disagreements to escalate to rancor and to degenerate into personal attacks. In fact, prior to Grudem publishing his response, he sent a copy to his friend of many years, John Piper, for comments. Piper responded that Grudem “had represented him fairly” and “that he counted me as a dear friend.” Grudem explained that then Piper in a pure “Piperesque” touch “pointed out how I could make one of my arguments stronger.” Piper and Grudem do have very significant and differing points of view on the issue of the 2020 election (and in the interest of full disclosure, I think Grudem gets by far the better of the argument). You can read these positions for yourselves and draw your own conclusions. The most important part, however, of this Piper-Grudem debate is that it models how Christian brothers and sisters should be able to debate and discuss substantive and important issues of disagreement (“iron sharpeneth iron,” Prov. 27:17) and do so in a manner that honors Christ. Unfortunately, this model of civility and respect for differing viewpoints is far rarer than it ought to be in today’s Christendom. Once again, in the interest of full disclosure, I have met both men, but I have a far more developed relationship with Dr. Grudem. I do try to read everything they both write since both are such excellent writers, even though my theological perspective is somewhat different than theirs. One of the most interesting things about the Piper-Grudem debate is that both men’s theology tells them that God “decreed” or “ordained” who was going to win next Tuesday’s presidential election before the foundation of the world, while I merely believe that He always knew the outcome as a function of His omniscience, not necessarily His omnipotence. In conclusion, I am extremely grateful to Dr. Piper and Dr. Grudem for providing such an inspiring model of how Christian brothers can disagree in a way that honors our Savior and His Kingdom. I must confess that I had started to pen a response to Dr. Piper’s piece before I read Dr. Grudem’s response. Alas, my column was not as elevated in tone as Dr. Grudem’s, and so I am grateful to have this positive influence on my attitude. Finally, let us always remember that even if the candidate we support does not win next Tuesday, God is still on His throne. God may send judgment to America, but God’ church will continue on “and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Recommended resources related to the topic: How Philosophy Can Help Your Theology by Richard Howe (MP3 Set), (mp4 Download Set), and (DVD Set)  Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl (Book) Richard Land, D. Phil, Professor of Theology (A.B., 1969; Th.M., 1972; D.Phil., 1980; Honorary D.D., 2009). Prior to becoming the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013,
Dec 07, 2020
“How (Not) to Read the Bible” with Dan Kimball
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A popular meme says that reading the Bible is the fastest way to become an atheist! On the face of it, the Bible does seem to have some verses that are pro-slavery, pro-violence, anti-women, and anti-science. Leaving aside the fact that atheists have no objective moral standard by which to judge anything wrong, these verses do seem to present a problem for Christians. Young people see these memes and are cast into doubt. That’s why you need to get the excellent new book by pastor and seminary professor Dan Kimball called 𝑯𝒐𝒘 (𝑵𝒐𝒕) 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆: 𝑴𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑺𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊-𝑾𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏, 𝑨𝒏𝒕𝒊-𝑺𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝑷𝒓𝒐-𝑽𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝑷𝒓𝒐-𝑺𝒍𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑶𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝑪𝒓𝒂𝒛𝒚-𝑺𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑺𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒑𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆. Dan clearly answers these charges and shows us how to properly interpret these passages. This is a MUST read/listen! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 04, 2020
No one can be Happy without this
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Unhappy?  It’s impossible to be happy unless you are thankful.  Frank uses the book of Romans and common sense to show why. Along the way, Frank addresses the politically incorrect passages in Romans 1 and asks questions to people who disagree with Paul and Jesus. Frank also addresses the following questions listeners have:  Why isn’t Jeremiah 29:11 a promise to us? Does God condone concubines and polygamy? Does God speak to Christians directly?  Why doesn’t He speak to me? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 25, 2020
Live Not by Lies with Rod Dreher
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For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling New York Times best-selling author, Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of "soft" totalitarianism cropping up in America. In his new book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by these brave men. “America is sleepwalking into soft totalitarianism. If we ignore the prophetic voices of those who survived Communism, we deserve what we get,” says Dreher.  We are walking into a trap, and the solution is much more than politics.    Mr. Dreher joins Frank to expose this encroaching problem and offer some solutions.  All Christians need to listen to this!  If you begin to live by lies now, you will not resist when you’re pressured to deny Christ.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 20, 2020
Challenging Conversations with Jason Jimenez
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Are you afraid to have conversations about controversial issues?   Some are even controversial in the church!  Then join Frank as he welcomes Jason Jimenez, author of the new book Challenging Conversations.  The book gives practical advice on how to have productive conversations on 9 issues:  Depression and mental illness, addiction, pornography, pre-marital sex, divorce and remarriage, LGBT issues, abortion, politics, and racism.  On the show, Frank and Jason cover three of these issues.  After the show, check out Jason’s ministry www.StandStrongMinistries.org If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 13, 2020
The Election and Why Socialism Doesn’t Work
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How should Christians react to an election that they think may be fraudulent, regardless of who they support?  How should we treat those who disagree with us politically?  Despite the political upheaval, what will, thankfully, never change in the Christian’s life?  Frank addresses those questions and then offers a short primer on economics which shows why socialism doesn’t work— in fact, it can’t work because it misdiagnoses human nature and economics 101.  Young people especially need to listen to this.  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 07, 2020
The Fire-Breathing Dragon in The Garage vs God
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In the year 2018 the debate “What Best Explains Reality: Theism or Atheism? (Frank Turek vs. Michael Shermer)” took place. Frank presented his case for the existence of God as the best explanation for some facts about reality, such as the origin and fine-tuned of the universe and the objective moral values and duties. One of Shermer's arguments to demonstrate the deficiency of the hypothesis of God was to present the famous analogy of "The Dragon in The Garage", used for the first time by Carl Sagan in his book The Demon-Haunted World. This is the original analogy: Suppose I seriously make such an assertion to you. Surely, you'd want to check it out, see for yourself. There have been innumerable stories of dragons over the centuries, but no real evidence. What an opportunity!"Show me," you say. I lead you to my garage. You look inside and see a ladder, empty paint cans, an old tricycle--but no dragon."Where's the dragon?" you ask."Oh, she's right here," I reply, waving vaguely. "I neglected to mention that she's an invisible dragon." You propose spreading flour on the floor of the garage to capture the dragon's footprints."Good idea," I say, "but this dragon floats in the air."Then you'll use an infrared sensor to detect the invisible fire."Good idea, but the invisible fire is also heatless."You'll spray-paint the dragon and make her visible."Good idea, but she's an incorporeal dragon and the paint won't stick." And so on. I counter every physical test you propose with a special explanation of why it won't work.Now, what's the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all? If there's no way to disprove my contention, no conceivable experiment that would count against it, what does it mean to say that my dragon exists? Your inability to invalidate my hypothesis is not at all the same thing as proving it true. Claims that cannot be tested, assertions immune to disproof are veridically worthless, whatever value they may have in inspiring us or in exciting our sense of wonder. What I'm asking you to do comes down to believing, in the absence of evidence, on my say-so. Shermer's version has some variants to ridicule Frank's stance on the existence of God as an explanation of the origin of the universe, the objective moral values, ​​and duties and the fine-tuning of the universe. The main objective of Shermer is to prove that the existence of God is impossible to refute in the same way that theists can't refute the existence of the dragon in the garage. But is this a good argument? Not really. Let me explain why. The first thing that Shermer wants us to believe using Sagan's analogy is that the properties of God that the theists attribute to him are mere gratuitous affirmations without any evidence. Here Shermer has in mind the revealed theology, those attributes that we know that God possesses through his word revealed to us. But in the debate with Frank one does not affirm the attributes of God as in the case of the dragon in the garage. And although it is not necessary, let me compare the fire-breathing dragon and God with their respective attributes. The case for the Fire-Breathing Dragon in The Garage Invisibility. This attribute is granted without any evidence. Floating in the air. Neither is inferred based on any evidence. Cold Fire. Like the previous ones, there is no argument to attribute this property to the dragon; moreover, the property is self-contradictory. Immateriality. Zero arguments, and like cold fire-breathing, this is a contradictory property of a dragon. For a dragon to be a dragon, it must have a body with certain essential properties of a dragon, it can't be incorporeal. The case for God Creator, metaphysically necessary, self-existent. These attributes are inferred through the argument of contingent beings and the ontological argument. Transcendent, personal cause, beginningless, uncaused, timeless,
Nov 07, 2020
How Do I Know that I Know?
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By Richard Howe In 2013, I had the privilege of participating in both a written and panel dialog/debate with K. Scott Oliphint of Westminster Seminary and Jason Lisle founder of the Biblical Science Institute. Oliphint is a theologian and Lisle is an astrophysicist. Both are proponents of the apologetic method of Presuppositionalism in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til. Recently a student of mine asked me how I would respond to one of Jason Lisle’s challenges to me. I contend that all knowledge begins in the senses and is completed in the intellect. (Lest the reader misunderstand what I specifically mean by my use of the term ‘knowledge’ in this context, he is encouraged to read my blog article titled “Discussing Aquinas” here.) Lisle asked: “How does he know that he’s not in the ‘Matrix’ and that his sensory experiences have nothing to do with the real world?”[1] In helping the student by answering Lisle’s question directly, I also wanted to take the occasion to set Lisle’s question in a broader philosophical context to see how his question conceals certain philosophical assumptions that need to be surfaced and examined. Lisle’s question is ultimately impossible. I claim that it is undeniable that one can know reality through the sensory faculties—seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling. The reader should note the subtle shift here. Above, I said that all knowledge begins in the senses. Lisle’s challenge is in effect asking how any knowledge can arise from the senses. More to the point, Lisle is asking how I can know that my senses are reliable—how can I “know” that I “know.” Lisle’s challenge is less complicated to answer than my original contention is to defend. I will take the less complicated route here. It remains that the fact that any knowledge can arise from the senses is a necessary condition for the claim that all knowledge arises from the senses (and is completed in the intellect).[2] The most common responses or challenges to my claim are this one that Lisle poses (how do you know your senses are reliable?) and questions to the effect of how can one acquire knowledge about non-physical truths like logic, morality, metaphysics, and God by means of the senses. He makes the charge (in teeing up his challenge) that I have “tacitly presupposed (among other things) that our senses correspond to reality.”[3] As we shall see, I have done no such thing. Lisle’s question implies that I could know that I know reality only if I know that my senses are reliable. Let’s momentarily grant his point for the sake of argument. I’ll come back to answer it directly. For now, consider what questions one would need to ask about Lisle’s challenge. Since my senses are themselves part of reality, how could I know that my senses are reliable when I claim that it is in them that my knowledge of reality has its origin? In other words, whatever means (be they other faculties besides the sensory faculties or something else) I use to deliver to me the conclusion that my senses are reliable, I would then have to ask how I know that this means was itself reliable. By whatever means #2 I might offer as to how I would answer that, how could I know means #2 is reliable when it tells me that the first means was reliable in telling me that my senses were reliable in telling me about reality? If I posit means #3 to tell me that means #2 is reliable when it tells me that the first means is reliable when it tells me that my senses are reliable in telling me what reality is, then …. You get the picture. You have an infinite regress. Lisle thinks that he doesn’t have an infinite regress because he thinks he knows that God has told him about reality (or, more strictly, that God has told him that his senses are reliable). But how does Lisle know that God told him that? He thinks it’s because he has the Bible. He says, “Sensory experience is only reliable if our senses correspond to reality; and only the Christian ...
Nov 04, 2020
Should Christians be one-issue voters? with Scott Klusendorf
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The creator of VeggieTales, Phil Vischer, just put out a video causing some Christians to doubt the importance of voting for pro-life candidates.   Frank wrote a response to the video that you can access at Crossexamined.org.  On this show, pro-life author and trainer, Scott Klusendorf, joins Frank to discuss the flaws in Mr. Vischer’s video and to make the case for life in a concise way.  They also respond to some of the most prominent pro-abortion objections and show that Christians do not qualify a candidate on one issue, but we rightfully disqualify a candidate on one issue.  Just watch the one minute video at caseforlife.com to see why (this is a video that YouTube tried to censor). If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher      
Oct 30, 2020
The Price of Panic, with Dr. Jay Richards
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What have we learned from the COVID pandemic and our response to it?  Does the data show that the lockdown worked?  What was the total human cost of the lockdown?   What steps did the media take to disseminate “panic porn”?  Why were the models so wrong?  Why do we have conflicting scientific opinions? How many people really did die from COVID?  Is the current increase in cases really something to worry about?  What is the death rate and are deaths going up or down?   How should we respond to this time?  Dr. Jay Richards joins Frank to discuss those and other questions related to his timely new book “The Price of Panic:  How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe”.  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Oct 21, 2020
Another Gospel with Alisa Childers
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There is a far deeper problem than atheism infecting the church. Alisa Childers, a Christian singer with ZOEgirl, almost got infected herself. She was challenged to renounce the true gospel and adopt another gospel—that of progressive Christianity. She joins Frank to tell her story and discuss her fabulous new book “Another Gospel,” which is part autobiographical and part apologetics. Among the issues they cover: How did your pastor try to convert away from the true Gospel?What is progressive and Christian about progressive Christianity?What are the basic beliefs of progressive Christianity?What the signs of a person or church-going in that direction?Why do people become progressive Christians?How is progressive Christianity more intolerant than true Christianity?What are its racist and Marxist roots?  What evidence do we have that the early Christians were conservative, not progressive?How do you reach out to those who consider themselves progressive Christians? Get the book! Here’s Frank’s endorsement: "I love this book! Alisa Childers takes you on a captivating journey from her unreflective conservative Christian faith to the cliff of another gospel and then back home to the true Jesus. Along the way, she deconstructs progressive Christianity with wit, insight, and easy-to-remember evidence. Another Gospel? will inoculate you from a temptation far more seductive than atheism. And it’s an enjoyable read too!" If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 16, 2020
Every Black Life Matters
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What is critical race theory? What does BLM stand for as an organization? Can Christians support it? Frank interviews Neil Mammen and Kevin McGary, co-founders of EveryBLM.com. Here are some of the questions they discuss:   What is critical race theory? What is intersectionality? How many races are they? Are there still systematic injustices in American Law?  If so, where are they? Should reparations be paid for past injustices? What is the BLM organization for and against politically? Is There a Non-Marxist Biblical Alternative to ‘Black Lives Matter?’ Does EVERY Black Life matter? How can you fruitfully interact with BLM protestors?  What can you do to help minorities in America? Mr. McGary makes a startling proposal regarding reparations that will certainly generate some email! This is a fascinating conversation. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher      
Oct 09, 2020
Why is our Country Split?
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Why can’t two men running for President debate respectfully?  Maybe it’s because our entire culture—which includes you and me—can’t debate respectfully.  Why can’t we?  Way back in 1978, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian dissident, and author who spent eight years in a Russian Gulag, gave a prophetic speech at Harvard’s graduation.  It could have been written today because Solzhenitsyn nails the problems in our culture that have led to the divide.  Frank recites highlights of the speech, the problems Solzhenitsyn identifies and offers what we can do to solve them.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 02, 2020
Reaching Gen Z with Dr. Sean McDowell
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Are you having trouble reaching your children—elementary school through college—with the truth of Christianity?  If so, maybe it’s because you haven’t considered what really motivates Gen Z.  Dr. Sean McDowell joins Frank to discuss How to Reach and Equip Gen Z, which is also the title of Sean's brand new online course starting this week (go to Crossexamined.org and click “Online Courses).   Among the questions they discuss on this show:   Who is Gen Z? Why did you write a book about reaching them? What are some misconceptions about this generation? What is the defining factor of Gen Z? What is their emotional state? How does technology shape the way they think? How is social media affecting them, especially on sexual issues?  What are the biggest questions being asked by young people today? Do students care about the truth? What is one thing parents can do to better reach them?  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!!Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_GoogleSubscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_PodcastSubscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher            
Sep 25, 2020
Evangelicals, Trump and the Election with Dr. Michael Brown
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Evangelicals today are deeply divided over Donald Trump. Some see him as a savior figure, anointed by God to protect the church and make America great again. Others see him more like the antichrist, doing great harm to the nation and bringing embarrassment to the church.  Who’s right?  Might they both have good points?  What should we do to move forward? Dr. Michael Brown, author of Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass the Trump Test?  joins Frank as the 2020 election approaches.  Among the questions they address are: Evangelicals have been known as the “values voters” who are always proclaiming, “Character counts! Morality matters!” Have we been hypocritical in our support of Trump? Are Christians losing their ability to witness if they support Trump for president? During the 2016 primaries, you strongly opposed Trump before voting for him vs. Hillary. What changed your mind, and why do you plan to vote for Trump in 2020? Should we be voting more for personality or policy? Jesus scolded the politicians of his day for "neglecting the more important matters of the law” (Mt. 23:23). What are the most important matters of the law upon which we should base our vote in this election? How do the two parties differ on the most important policies? What do you say to pro-lifers who say that health care and poverty and climate change are pro-life issues and they outweigh abortion? You state that “Jesus is my Savior, Trump is my president.” Why is that distinction so important? What should Christians be doing in this election season regardless of who ultimately wins the presidency? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Sep 18, 2020
Last Call: Addressing the Problem of Suicide
49:54
On August 1, 2007, Pastor John Mark Caton of Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas, got a phone call from his brother.  It was his last call.  His brother took his life the next day.  Dr. Caton joins Frank to discuss this very difficult topic.  They address these among other questions: What can we do to prevent suicide? How should parents talk to their kids about it? (Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people.) Why is isolation such a problem? How does social media contribute to the problem? What does the Bible say about suicide? Can a person who commits suicide go to Heaven? How can we minister to those who are left behind? To get a free copy of Dr. Caton’s new book, Last Call, text BOOK to 77978.   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher LastCall-AddressingSuicide-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(9.11.20)
Sep 11, 2020
Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
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Passages in the Old Testament mention buying “slaves” or servants.  One even states “If a man sells his daughter as a female slave (Ex. 21:7) ….”  What?  Buying and selling slaves?  Selling your daughter?  This is crazy and obviously immoral!   But are we understanding the passages correctly?  Are people really considered property in the OT?   Was “slavery” in the OT the kind of institution we had in America up to the Civil War?   No.  Dr. Paul Copan, author of Is God a Moral Monster? joins Frank and sets the record straight.  They cover many of the objections that skeptics raise in Frank’s answer to the slavery question in this short video from the University of Nebraska. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DoesBibleCondoneSlavery-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(9.4.20)
Sep 04, 2020
The Strongest Argument for God
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There is an argument for God that works even if the universe is eternal, even if macroevolution is true, even if a person believes that science is the supreme source of knowledge. It’s an argument that is as old as Aristotle, yet few talk about it today. Tricia Scribner, co-editor of the new book, Answering the Music Man, joins Frank for a fascinating discussion that unpacks this ancient argument in modern terms. Frank and Tricia show that science wouldn’t even work unless the premises of this argument were true. This is Tricia: https://bit.ly/3gG9lsa If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   StrongestArgumentForGod-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(8.29.20)
Aug 29, 2020
Does Abortion Trump Everything Else?
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Does Abortion Trump Everything Else? Have you heard people say that you’re just a one-issue voter? You’re pro-life on abortion but you need to be pro-life until natural death.  You need a more biblically balanced view and address other issues that are just as important, such as racism, poverty, and healthcare.  Dr. Ron Sider, a politically liberal evangelical, makes that case in a new blog. Frank responds that equating all those issues makes four major mistakes, including ignoring the teaching of Jesus.  This is an important show as we enter the home stretch of the election season. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher AbortionTrumpEverything-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(8.21.20)
Aug 21, 2020
Too Good to be False with Tom Gilson
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Are you skeptical that anyone could present fresh insights about Jesus after two thousand years?  Tom Gilson has done just that in his new book, Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality.  Tom does this by highlighting what Jesus didn’t say and do, which is almost as shocking as what Jesus did say and do. Tom joins Frank and reveals these new insights about Jesus.  He also helps you realize how feeble the arguments against the biblical Jesus are. Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality: https://amzn.to/2PVSh6E   If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher TooGoodToBeFalse-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(8.14.20)
Aug 14, 2020
Those that have never heard? And a COVID Update
49:55
Frank shares a passionate reaction to the death of Mike Adams and then tackles the COVID situation, including the idea that churches and schools should reopen. If you can only school remotely, Frank recommends the online classes at CrossExamined.org he’s teaching this Fall. Frank also gives robust answers to the following listener questions: Why did God allow Adam and Eve to be tempted when He knew what would happen? What about those that have never heard about Jesus? What about those who think they are good people and don’t need forgiveness? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher ThoseNeverHeard-CovidUpdate-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(8.7.20)
Aug 07, 2020
The Mike Adams I Knew and Loved
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Our friend Dr. Mike Adams has died.  He was a UNC Wilmington Criminology Professor, a Summit Professor, a columnist, and author, a Free Speech and Pro-life Warrior, a fellow instructor with Frank and J. Warner Wallace on our Fearless Faith seminar, and most importantly, a born again Christian.   Authorities are ruling it a suicide.  Is that really what happened, and if so, why? Frank has some answers as he honors a man of love and courage whom many misunderstood and vilified. Beware: this tribute is direct and raw. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher MikeAdams-Podcast(7.31.20)
Aug 01, 2020
Combat Operations and Christianity with Jason Sweet, Veteran USAF Special OPs
49:51
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary,” said James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution.   Since our natures are bent toward evil, someone must have the authority to protect innocent people from those who want to do evil.  God gave the government that authority.  Is it Christian to use force to restore the peace? Frank invites former USAF Pararescue jumper (PJ), Jason Sweet, on the show to discuss how special forces training and combat operations provide parallels to the Christian life.  Jason, who now trains special forces candidates through socomathlete.com, shares his experience in PJ training and in combat in Afghanistan.  This is a fascinating show. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher CombatOperationsChristianityJasonSweet-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(7.24.20)
Jul 24, 2020
2084 with Dr. John Lennox
49:50
“Summoning a Demon” is how Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to Artificial Intelligence.  Is he right?  Artificial Intelligence is here, and more is coming.  Will it bring us utopia or dystopia?  Should we be enthralled or afraid?  What are the ethics of AI?  Will AI machines ever become conscious?  What does the Bible have to say about AI?  Could AI actually be predicted by the book of Revelation? Frank interviews the great John Lennox, who has written a provocative new book on AI. It’s fittingly called 2084, and he is the guest for the entire program. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher 2084DrJohnLennox(7.17.20)
Jul 17, 2020
Are you a Selective Moralizer?
49:51
What makes you think that your moral views are correct?  If you were a white person in the Southern U.S. in 1840, what would you think of slavery?  If you lived anywhere in the U.S. in 1840, what would you think of abortion?  How about homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage? Are you just a product of your culture?  Is morality just a product of your culture?  Frank delves deep into current events and philosophy to discover what the real truth is, and to expose the selective moralizing that infects cancel culture advocates.  He also proposes what is the most egregious injustice by race and the biggest reason for unequal results by race.  Lots of important ground is covered here.  Don’t miss this one! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher AreYouASelectiveMoralizer(7.10.20)
Jul 10, 2020
What I Learned from My Father’s Death
49:52
In this very personal podcast, Frank reveals the lessons he’s learned from his Father’s recent death. He also reflects on C.S. Lewis’s argument from desire, and how Christianity makes the best sense of our intuitions. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   WhatILearnedFromMyFathersDeath-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(7.3.20)
Jul 03, 2020
A Conversation About Racism Between Black and White Christians
49:48
Detective J. Warner Wallace hosts a former gang member, now Christian apologist, Vada Hedgeman, to discuss racism.  What experiences with cops did Vada have growing up?  What is systematic racism?  Are there more prominent causes than racism for inequalities between blacks and whites?   Does grouping people by race or ethnicity actually feed racism?  Where do we go from here?   This is just the start of a long but important conversation. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher AConversationAboutRacismPodcast-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(6.26.20)
Jun 26, 2020
What does sex mean?
49:49
What does sex mean according to the Supreme Court?  Frank identifies and expounds upon 5 Casualties in the Court’s LGBTQ Sex Ruling: We the People Women LGBTQ People 96% of the Population Religious Freedom Frank reveals the sixth casualty as well, one for which the original civil rights law was made. He then offers some solutions and traces the absurd ruling—which rationally nullifies the basis for any human rights—back to a rejection of Aristotle.  Listen to find out how. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher WhatDoesSexMean-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(6.19.20)
Jun 19, 2020
Defund the Police?
49:48
Defund the police is one of the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Is that the right solution to racism in the police force?  Should we defund all doctors if some commit malpractice? What does BLM believe?  How do they compare with the teaching of Christ?  Can you believe that black lives matter yet oppose some of BLM’s political goals?  Frank looks at human nature, crime stats, and the scriptures to get some answers.  He also addresses some of the contradictory assertions we hear from Left.  This is an important show for these tense times!  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DefundThePolice(6.13.20)
Jun 13, 2020
The Cure for Racism
49:44
Frank and J. Warner Wallace address the racism issue head-on by answering: How can two white guys talk about this, especially when one is a cop? How has the debate about racism changed in the social media age? How has the use of data increased our polarization? Regardless of quarrels over data, what is true about the vast majority on both sides? What is the real root of racism? What can the government do about this? What is the real cure for racism? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher TheCureForRacism(6.6.20)
Jun 06, 2020
Principles to Keep in Mind When Evaluating COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories
49:18
J. Warner Wallace guest hosts for Dr. Frank Turek and describes several principles to help evaluate COVID-19 Conspiracy theories based on his casework as a cold-case detective. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher PrinciplesToKeepInMind-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(5.16.20)
May 16, 2020
Talking with Your Kids about Jesus with Natasha Crain
49:45
Jesus of Nazareth is not only the most influential human being in history but God incarnate.  Do you know how to talk with your kids about Him?  You will after you hear this podcast because author and apologist Natasha Crain is Frank’s guest.  Natasha and Frank discuss: Is Jesus God? If Jesus is God, how could He die? Did ancient people believe in miracles because they were more gullible? What did Jesus teach about Hell? Didn’t Jesus tell us not to judge?  If so, how are we to make any decisions? What did Jesus teach about love?  Is it approval? What did the death of Jesus accomplish? Why does it matter if Jesus resurrected? Did the disciples lie about the resurrection story? How is the Christian view of God different? Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher TalkingWithKidsAboutJesus-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(5.9.20)
May 09, 2020
Does Love Require Approval?
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The culture says, “To love me you must approve of what I do.”  Is that true?  Does love require approval? Many so-called Christians are claiming the answer is yes— that we must approve of what people want to do in order to love them.  Frank shows why that’s false and would make real love impossible.   The kind of love that Jesus demonstrated and commanded of us requires that we sacrificially seek the good of the other person, and that requires that we disapprove of harmful behaviors. If you’d like a visual version of this material, you can see a recent presentation by Frank on Facebook or YouTube. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DoesLoveRequireApproval-IDHEFTBAAPodcasy(5.3.20)
May 03, 2020
Philosophy is more Certain than Science
49:42
How can philosophy be more certain than science?  How can morality be more certain than science?  That goes against the common wisdom.  Join Frank as he uses COVID 19, as an illustration, to show we know philosophy and morality at least as well if not better than we know scientific truths.  Since science is built on philosophy in at least nine ways, science is only as good as our philosophy.  Frank also addresses questions on why God created us knowing we would sin, and how to deal with doubts. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher PhilosophyMoreCertain-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.24.20)
Apr 24, 2020
Conservatives on Campus with Charlie Kirk
49:45
Why should Christians be interested in politics? What political principles should they advocate? Is anyone teaching the principles of political freedom, free markets and limited government on high school and college campuses? Charlie Kirk is the founder and president of TurningPoint USA, which has about 2,000 clubs on high school and college campuses. He joins Frank for an enlightening discussion that ranges from how to articulate conservative principles, to Christians and President Trump, to why would God allow evil. Charlie is only 26 years old, but, as you’ll see, he has wisdom and insights beyond his years. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher ConservativesOnCampus-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.19.20)
Apr 19, 2020
Dr. Dan and Hope
50:04
Frank gets an update on coronavirus from Dr. Daniel Eichenberger, MD. What is he seeing in the hospitals? How are his patients doing? Why are the predictions so wildly different from model to model? (Because there are so many assumptions for which we don’t have good data. This provides another illustration of why science doesn’t say anything, scientists do). In Dr. Dan’s judgment, what’s the best way forward? (For more, and to ask Dr. Dan questions, join Frank and Dr. Dan on Monday, April 6, at 11:30 am ET on the HOPE ONE live stream at CrossExamined.org, our YouTube channel, or FB page). Frank then further investigates why God allows evil and shows where our true hope comes from. And everyone can have that hope for free! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DrDanAndHope-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(4.4.20)
Apr 06, 2020
Evil is a powerful argument FOR God
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Many are asking the questions, “If there is a good God, why does he allow viruses?  Why doesn’t he stop evil?”  In fact, some are claiming that evil proves that God doesn’t exist. But Frank lays out the case that evil is a powerful argument FOR God.  He cites twenty assumptions that people make when they claim the contrary, and most of these assumptions are best explained by God.  The show also contains important announcements that will give you hope each day during the coronavirus lockdown (Join us for the new Hope One LIVESTREAM each weekday at 11:30 am ET). Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher EvilPowerfulArgumentforGod-IDHEFTBAA(3.28.20)
Mar 28, 2020
Dr. Dan Treats a Coronavirus Patient
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Dr. Dan Eichenberger, MD, is back to shoot more sanity into a sensationalized situation.  As Christians, we are commanded to obey what our government wants us to do in this situation.  But that doesn’t mean we have to buy into the fear caused by a media that is hyping this entire coronavirus issue.  The media is skewing stats and reporting half-truths.  Dr. Dan corrects the misinformation and gives us a first-hand account of treating a coronavirus patient himself. Here are some of the questions and issues Frank and Dr. Dan discuss: Why is the media not reporting the death rate? What is the death rate? How contagious is this compared to other viruses? You’re treating a coronavirus patient right now. What drugs are working? We hear a lot about flattening the curve. Explain what that is, and will we be successful? California Governor Gavin Newsom thinks 25 million in his state of 40 million will get infected. Is that reasonable? We hear we have fewer hospital beds than in Europe. How does that give the wrong impression? Why is Korea beyond the problem but Italy still has it? What do you think will happen in the US with the infection rate in the coming months? What is your advice to the Christians and non-Christians listening to this? Please share this with others. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DrDanTreatsACoronavirusPatient-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.21.20)
Mar 21, 2020
Is it time to run and hide?
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Is it time to run and hide?  Should you cut yourself off from other people because of the coronavirus?  Is the level of concern reasonable or overblown? Dr. Dan Eichenberger, MD, is Frank’s guest, and he gives a shot of sanity into our sensationalized environment.  Among the questions he and Frank investigate: What is unique about the coronavirus? Is this anything new? How deadly is it? Up to 50,000 people in the US will die of the flu this year. How many from the coronavirus? What will most who get the virus experience? Does it make sense to shut all large gatherings down, including church services? If you were a benevolent dictator of America, what would you do? Frank looks to the scriptures and other Christians (including C.S. Lewis) for how Christians should live in the face of risk.  The truth is, we always live with the threat of death. All of us also have a virus called sin.  Christians know the cure, and people right now might be more open to considering that cure. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher IsItTimeToRunAndHide-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.14.20)
Mar 14, 2020
Evidence for the Exodus
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How many times have you heard that there is no evidence for the exodus, particularly no evidence from Egypt?  That claim is demonstrably false!  Archaeologist Dr. Titus Kennedy joins Frank along with Dr. Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute to review a list of eight findings, most from Egypt, that corroborate the Bible’s account of the exodus.  In fact, Dr. Kennedy recently traveled to northern Sudan (Egypt in biblical times) to confirm the oldest inscription ever discovered of Yahweh.  It's from 1400 B.C. and sheds amazing light on the exodus. You’ll be able to read and see all of this when Dr. Kennedy’s new book, Unearthing the Bible, is published later this Spring.  But right now, you can hear some of the highlights.  Don’t miss this one.  Fascinating! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher EvidenceForTheExodus(IDHEFTBAAPodcast(3.7.20)
Mar 07, 2020
Killing in the name of God?
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If God told you to kill someone, what would you do?  Wouldn’t you seek a psychiatrist?  Why did Abraham almost go through with killing his son Isaac?  How did Abraham know God told him and not a demon?  How does the violence in the Old Testament differ from that in the Qur’an?  And does God really give us free choice if it’s either “worship me or go to Hell!” Atheists often challenge Christians with questions like this.  In fact, Frank tells of an atheist asking some of these questions this week at the University of Nebraska.  How does one respond to this and other questions?  Listen to find out! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher KillingInNameOfGod(2.29.20)
Feb 29, 2020
Does logic apply to God? And other questions
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Can we put God in a box of our own logic?  Aren’t His ways higher than our ways?  Did God invent logic?  Did human beings invent it? Frank goes deep into those questions to the foundation of reality.  He also takes a fresh look at an often-misinterpreted passage in Isaiah 55 about God’s ways being higher than ours. Other questions addressed in this show include: Is morality subjective and based on the majority vote? Does every negation really imply an affirmation? How can Hell be separation from God if God is everywhere? Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DoesLogicApplyToGod-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(2.22.20)
Feb 22, 2020
Questions to ask my LGBTQ friends
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A 14-year-old young lady wrote to Frank a question about reaching out to her bisexual friend.  How can she do that effectively?  This is a sensitive and emotional issue in our culture today, and many people are ready to pounce on you with several objections (and names) if you express the biblical view of sexuality.  Frank offers some advice and facts about the situation to help improve the chances that any outreach effort will yield light rather than heat. Frank also responds to questions about: The morality of marijuana use How much is America sliding toward judgment like ancient Israel? Atheist objections which assert that God is just a convenient answer to the beginning and fine-tuning of the universe Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher QuestionsToAskLGBTQFriends- IDHEFTBAAPodcast
Feb 17, 2020
Cosmic Child Abuse? Answering Moral Objections to the Atonement
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For two thousand years, Christians have understood the death of Jesus to be substitutionary—a sacrifice that paid for our sins. From the earliest creeds to the teaching of the New Testament to the writings of the Church Fathers to today, this has been a core belief of Christianity throughout its history. But in modern times, this idea is being repudiated as “Cosmic Child Abuse.” On today’s show, we are going to address these questions: • What is the historic belief of the Christian church on atonement? • Why does God have wrath and how can that be a good thing? • Is penal substitutionary atonement a late invention of medieval Christians? • If God required the sacrifice of his Son, doesn’t that make him a Divine child abuser? • If I can just forgive people without a sacrifice, why can’t God? Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher CosmicChildAbuse-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(2.8.20)
Feb 08, 2020
Life is Like Football
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Is Christianity a crutch that just makes people feel better? Is Christianity too binary? Too exclusive? Does God want to condemn most of his beautiful creation to a fiery Hell? What if Christianity doesn’t work for you? Doesn’t resonate with you? Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has left Christianity because he believes it is too exclusive, too binary, and that the Christian God wants to condemn most people to a fiery Hell.  Join Frank on Super Bowl weekend as he responds to Aaron’s characterization of Christianity and goes on to point out that all of reality (including football) is binary and that truth is exclusive.  In fact, Frank points out that life is a lot like football in at least seven ways. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher LifeIsLikeFootball-IDHEFTBAA(1.31.20)  
Feb 01, 2020
Judaism 101 with Dr. Michael Brown
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Here is our list of questions (we might not get to them all, but we will try to give people an overview of what Jews believe today and how we can best reach them for Jesus). What were the major sects of Judaism in the first century? Pharisees Sadducees Essenes Zealots Others Where did they come from and how did they differ in what they believed? When did synagogues begin, and why did they exist during the Temple period? Once the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD, how did Judaism change? How can one obey the OT law if the Temple does not exist? What are the current denominations of Judaism and how do they differ from one another? What are the writings outside the OT that Jewish believers think are authoritative?  Talmud? Where did these writings come from and why do Jews believe they are authoritative? How do traditional Jews view the Law, as a burden or a blessing? What are the main Jewish views of the Messiah? What do the majority of Jews think regarding the afterlife?  Why? What do Jewish scholars think about the evidence for the Resurrection?  Alternative theory?  Why would the Jewish writers of the NT invent it? What are the three biggest theological obstacles to a Jewish person accepting Jesus? How do you overcome them? If Jesus is the Messiah, why didn’t he bring in world peace? What are some questions you can ask a Jewish person to get them to begin to consider Jesus as the Messiah? Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher Judaism101DrMichaelBrown-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(1.24.20) Judaism101DrMichaelBrown-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(1.24.20)
Jan 25, 2020
How to Respond to People who Mock Christianity
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How would you answer these questions? How do you know what is important in the Bible? How can I find out if someone is a Christian without sounding confrontational? How can I deal with coworkers who mock Christianity? Does design lose its meaning if you’re saying everything is designed? What do you say to people who claim God is a bad designer? Should Christians boycott certain businesses? These are questions sent in by listeners that Frank answers on this show. While Frank can’t get to all of them if you have a question you can submit it to Hello@Crossexamined.org.  Also, check out these resources: the CrossExamined YouTube channel has answers to hundreds of questions, and several others are answered on the CrossExamined app and CrossExamined website. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher HowToRespondToPeopleWhoMockChristianity-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(2.20.20)
Jan 20, 2020
Did Jesus Really Claim to Be God?
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Sometimes you’ll hear Muslim apologists and other skeptics of Christianity ask, “Where does Jesus say, ‘I am God, worship me’”?  You won’t find Jesus using those words anywhere in the New Testament documents.  Instead, we read Jesus kept calling Himself “The Son of Man.”  On the face of it, that sounds more human than divine.  Is that right?  Did Jesus really claim to be God in words and actions other than “I am God, worship me"?   And if He did claim to be God, why wasn’t He more overt about it?  Why not just come out and say it plainly? Frank invites Crossexamined.org board member, and budding apologist, Ryan Crews to the show to answer those questions and more.  Join them for a fascinating discussion about the self-identity of Jesus, and how to answer objections to the divinity of Jesus. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher DidJesusClaimToBeGod-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(1.13.20)
Jan 13, 2020
The Elephant in the Room isn’t Trump
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A couple of listeners wrote emails to express their disagreement with some of what Frank said in the show “Why Did Evangelicals Vote for Trump?” In this show Frank responds by investigating Jesus’s rebuke of the Pharisees (the politicians of Israel) in Matthew 23:23 and then by asking three questions: What is the purpose of government? What is your primary reason for choosing a president? Who, of the available candidates, will best fulfill that purpose? As you’ll hear the elephant in the room isn’t Trump and his personality. The primary reason we choose a president has to do with a policy, not personality (although personality is still important). Frank responds to other objections from the emails, and also answers this question from a parent: How do I respond to a child who claims not to believe in God anymore? Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher ElephantInTheRoom-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(1.3.20)
Jan 04, 2020
What is the Bible all About?
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What is the Bible all about?  Sometimes we get too close to it and can’t see the big picture. Join Frank as he takes you on a grand overview of the Bible using the acronym CRIME:  Creation, Rebellion, Intervention, Mission, Eternity.  This will help you see how the Bible fits together to tell one overarching story of the Savior, who comes to save the very creatures who rebelled against him.  So, while the Bible starts with a CRIME, it ends with redemption in Eternity for those who want it.  That’s why we all have an important mission right now. To get visual and more in-depth teaching on this topic and many others, get the complete 17 part series on DVD called Jesus, You and the Essentials of Christianity (instructor and student workbooks are also available). Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher WhatIsBibleAllAbout-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(1.2.20)
Jan 02, 2020
Top Ten Ways to Advance the Gospel
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Are you dreading those awkward family dinners this Christmas season?  Unsure about how to tactfully bring up the real reason for Christmas?  Join Frank as he reveals the Top Ten Ways to Advance the Gospel, not only at Holiday dinners but at any event.   These are some very practical ideas and can be used at any time during the year. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher Top10WaysToAdvanceTheGospel-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(12.24.19)
Dec 24, 2019
Money, Greed and God with Dr. Jay Richards
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Many people seem confused about what socialism is and whether or not it would be better than America’s capitalistic system.  If there’s one book you should read on this—in fact, it’s one of the best books on economics you’ll read anywhere—is the new edition of Money, Greed and God: The Christian Case for Free Enterprise by Dr. Jay Richards.  On this show, Frank interviews Jay and gets clear answers to these questions: What are Socialism, Marxism, and communism and how do they differ? Shouldn’t Christians be communists based on the early believers communing their resources in the book of Acts? We hear that socialism works in Sweden.  Is that true? Why doesn’t socialism work? Why do you think so many young people are attracted to a failed system? Isn’t capitalism based on greed?  How can Christians be for it? We hear a lot about income inequality. Is that a bad thing, and, if so, what can be done about it? When politicians use the phrase “paying your fair share”, what standard are they using to determine what is fair? Our welfare system actually pays women to have kids out of wedlock.  How do we improve the safety net to prevent that from happening? Why does religious and economic liberty fall together? The two industries in which the government controls significantly are education and health care.  Why are prices high and quality low in those industries? You say that no one person at Apple, including CEO Tim Cook, knows how to make an iPhone.  What does this say about the difference between socialism and free-market capitalism? Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 14, 2019
Why did Evangelicals Vote for Trump?
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Frank attended two meetings with candidate Donald Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election. The first meeting in Trump Tower is the subject of the new article in RollingStone Magazine in which Frank is quoted twice. This podcast is Frank’s response to that article, particularly the article’s audacious assertion that Donald Trump is a standard-bearer for American Christians. Frank highlights what the article gets wrong, what the media, in general, gets wrong about evangelical Christianity, and then offers five reasons why most evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump. Regardless of what you think about Trump, Christianity or politics, this show will help you have better conversations with people as we enter an election year. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher Transcript   WHY DID EVANGELICALS VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP – IDHEFTBBA Podcast1
Dec 07, 2019
New Tactics with Greg Koukl
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There are many places you can learn evidence for Christianity.  There are very few places you can learn easy ways to share that evidence.   Greg Koukl’s classic book Tactics is simply the best place to go to learn how to share the hope you have within you.  Now, ten years after the first edition, Greg has rewritten, updated and expanded Tactics, and it just became available this week. Join Frank as he interviews Greg and they reveal some of the new Tactics that will help you move people closer to Christ in a way that takes all the pressure off of you. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Dec 02, 2019
Is Chick-fil-A Chicken? And your questions
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Jesus said that you can’t serve both God and money.   It looks like Chick-fil-A may be sacrificing God for money.  Under pressure from LGBTQ activists, they’ve decided to stop supporting the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  They say they want to focus their charitable giving “in areas of education, homelessness, and hunger.” Newsflash:  That’s exactly what the Salvation Army and FCA do! Now, Chick-fil-A can give or not give to whomever it wants.  But don’t say the reason you’re not giving to the SA or FCA is that you want to focus your giving on exactly what those organizations are already doing! There must be something else going on here. Join Frank as he investigates that and answers questions on: Theistic evolution: Is macroevolution compatible with the scriptures?  Is there scientific support for macroevolution? What can we conclude from the thousands of New Testament manuscripts? Why didn’t the Egyptians report the Exodus? Will we have free will in Heaven? Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast Rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher IsChickFilAAChicken-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(11.23.19)  
Nov 23, 2019
Guilty by Reason of Insanity with David Limbaugh
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How do you get informed as to what is going on in our crazy political discourse right now? I can’t keep up with it all. I not only can’t keep up with it all, but I also forget what happened politically last week, and last month, and last year. I need someone to document it all for me so I can make informed decisions as we enter an election year. New York Times best-selling author, David Limbaugh, has done so with his new, exquisitely researched book, Guilty by Reason of Insanity. David covers a wide range of topics—racism, gender, intersectionality, socialism, capitalism, abortion, immigration, religious freedom, etc.— that should be important to all people, especially Christians. No matter what you believe politically right now, you should read David’s amazingly insightful book and listen to this interview! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 16, 2019
The Devil’s Delusion with Dr. David Berlinski
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Frank interviews one of his favorite authors, the provocative and articulate Dr. David Berlinski. Dr. David Berlinski is an author, thinker, professor, and self-described secular Jew, who with wit and elegance dismantles the assumptions and assertions of Darwinists and other atheistic materialists in his interviews and his books. Berlinski has his Ph.D. from Princeton University, has taught at Stanford and Rutgers, and is a fellow at the Discovery Institute (along with frequent guest Dr. Stephen Meyer). He lives in Paris but did this interview from Los Angeles where he was for an interview with Ben Shapiro. Join Frank for a far-reaching discussion with Dr. Berlinski who is incapable of being boring. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 09, 2019
Major Moral Argument Mistakes (Part 3)
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Frank continues his detailed response to a retired attorney who objects to the moral argument.  People often find this the most personally relevant argument for God, and that’s perhaps why atheists often object to it the most.  However, Frank points out, their objections are often due to misunderstandings or misapplication of evolutionary theory to morality.  Listen to this and the first two parts to make sure you’re ready to give a reason for the hope that you have (1 Pet. 3:15). If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Nov 02, 2019
Major Moral Argument Mistakes (Part 2)
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How good is the moral argument?  A retired attorney wrote Frank asserting that we don’t need God for objective morality.  Some of his challenges can be summarized in the following questions: Does the moral argument depend on everyone agreeing on right and wrong? Can human beings construct an objective moral standard independent of God? Couldn’t the majority vote do that? Are God’s commands based on God’s desires? Are they based on God’s authority? Can’t evolution explain morality? Do changing views on morality mean there is no objective morality? What about moral dilemmas? Do they show morality is relative? Join Frank as he continues his response to these challenges. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 25, 2019
Major Moral Argument Mistakes (Part 1)
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How good is the moral argument?  A retired attorney wrote Frank asserting that we don’t need God for objective morality.  Some of his challenges can be summarized in the following questions: Does the moral argument depend on everyone agreeing on right and wrong? Can human beings construct an objective moral standard independent of God? Couldn’t the majority vote do that? Are God’s commands based on God’s desires? Are they based on God’s authority? Can’t evolution explain morality? Do changing views on morality mean there is no objective morality? What about moral dilemmas? Do they show morality is relative? Join Frank as he goes into depth on these and other questions.  In fact, this show starts with an analysis of one Presidential candidate’s claim that a church’s tax-exempt status should be revoked if it fails to embrace same-sex marriage.  Does this align with the Constitution?  And why are churches tax-exempt anyway? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher MajorMoralArgumentMistakesTEMPLATE(10.19.19)
Oct 19, 2019
Do atheists just lack a belief in God?
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In recent presentations at Fresno State and the University of Arizona, atheists insisted that they just "lack a belief in God", while at the same time rejecting God because they think He is immoral.  How should we respond to this? Is “lacking a belief in God" the proper and helpful definition of atheism? What questions can you ask atheists who say this? By what moral standard are atheists judging God to be immoral? Why atheists have a burden of proof just like Christians Why Christianity is the best explanation of why reality is the way it is. Frank also answers questions about “love" being a religion, and why do some OT laws apply to us today, but others don’t. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 12, 2019
What is “Social Justice”? with J. Warner Wallace
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J. Warner Wallace guest hosts the show this week and answers a listener email about the nature of “social justice”. What is the definition of this term and how do people typically interpret it? Is social justice commanded in the Jewish and Christian scriptures? Is there a difference between “social justice” and “biblical justice”? If so, how do these two terms differ and how are we, as Christians supposed to respond in this area? J. Warner delineates the differences using an investigative template. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Oct 05, 2019
Theistic Evolution? with Dr. Stephen Meyer
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Some Christians are trying to get the church to accept evolution by putting the word “theistic” in front of it. Is that wise? Is evolution true?  Join Frank and his guest Dr. Stephen Meyer (one of the best people on the planet to discuss this), as they investigate several important questions such as: Theistic evolution:  What is it? If it’s true, where does God intervene? Is it a halfway house between naturalism and ID? Does it contradict the Bible? What about the “god of the gaps” fallacy? (Might evolutionists be committing the "natural law of the gaps" fallacy? How do Christians explain the simple to complex progression of life in the fossil record? What dating methods are used to date fossils? Dr. Meyer contributed significantly to the massive recent book, Theistic Evolution:  A Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Critique.  You should also go to the CrossExamined app and listen to the January 2017 and September 2014 shows with Dr. Meyer.  Those shows are evergreen and lay out the evidence against macroevolution and for intelligent design. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Transcript Theistic Evolution with Stephen Meyer – IDHEFTBAA Podcast  
Sep 29, 2019
Why are there so many denominations?
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Skeptics are quick to claim that there are thousands of Christian denominations.  Is that really true?  If the Bible is true and clear, why is are there so many denominations?   Join Frank as he addresses these four questions: Are just Christians divided? How serious are denominational disagreements? What causes divisions? Is God clear enough?  Along the way, you’ll see that people disagree on almost everything— even science!  The bottom line regarding denominations is that disagreement is more about our resistance to clear doctrine than the existence of clear doctrine. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Transcript Why are there so many denominations – IDHEFTBAA Podcast
Sep 23, 2019
What’s an easy way to do evangelism? With Dr. Rice Broocks
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About 70% of young people leave the church after they leave home, and only 3% of churches grow through evangelism.   Why aren’t we sharing the world’s most important truth?   One reason is that we simply don’t know how to share the truth without sounding like a religious nut.  It’s awkward in our culture.   But there’s an easy way to share Christ. Dr. Rice Broocks, author of God’s Not Dead (the book that inspired the movie), joins Frank along with Addison Tweedy of ThinkEvangelism.org, to show you the SALT method of sharing the world’s most important truth. Start a conversation Ask questions Listen Tell the story It’s time to be salt and light with the SALT method.  There’s even an app that will help you do this.  Go to the app store and download “The God Test”.  You can also invite Rice, Addison, or someone from their team, to your church by going to www.ThinkEvangelism.org. In the second half of the show, Frank answers a question about how to answer a scientist who won’t trust the Bible because she says that the Bible teaches that the earth is young. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   RiceBrooksPodcast-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(9.18.19)
Sep 14, 2019
What Makes Something Right or Wrong?
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Is it just human opinion? Are values just subjective preferences or is there a really objective standard of rightness, goodness, and justice beyond us? This show delves into questions on morality and others you’ve emailed to Frank such as: What moral standard are political parties using when they address the conflict between so-called LGBTQ rights and religious rights? Do rights come from God or the government? What kind of God does the moral argument prove? Could it be a pantheistic God? What is the true nature of love? Did Moses really write the first five books of the Bible? Frank also responds to a couple of amazing letters, one from a divorced woman and another from a pastor. You don’t want to miss this one! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher   Transcript WhatMakesSomethingRightWrong-IDHEFTBAAPodcast(9.8.19)
Sep 07, 2019
Sex and Your Commanding Officer
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Who is your commanding officer? Is it Jesus or someone else? Is it Jesus or yourself? Is it Jesus or the culture? If you say it’s Jesus, well Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commands.” Yet we see people in the church today not only failing to keep his commands but denying they are commands at all, especially when it comes to sexual behavior. Join Frank for completely politically incorrect, but biblically correct, insights into what’s right and true regarding sexual behavior. The show starts with LT Hiroo Onoda, a member of the Japanese imperial army, who refused to believe WWII was over and the continued to fight on a Philippine Island until relieved of his duty in 1974! What relevance does that have? Listen. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Aug 30, 2019
Jezebel’s War with America
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Jezebel was the most wicked woman in the Bible, a powerful seductress who killed the prophets led Israel into idolatry and immorality, and emasculated men. She was seductive and determined to snuff out the voices coming against her because these voices were calling out for repentance. In 21st century America, Jezebel is not a person, and America is not in the Bible. But it’s as if the spirit of Jezebel is alive again today. The influence of the same demonic force is being felt in throughout America in overwhelming and undeniable ways. Join Frank and Dr. Michael Brown as they uncover and respond to these dark forces by unpacking Mike’s brilliant new book “Jezebel’s War with America.” You’ll hear: Who was Jezebel in the Bible? What is spiritual warfare? Should we really believe in demons and Satan? Why are people now celebrating abortion and the killing of infants? How prevalent are pornography and sexual slavery? (You won’t believe this!) Why is the church silent? Is Trump hatred justified in light of his policies and demeanor? What are some practical things you can do to advance the spirit of Jesus rather than Jezebel? Learn more at Dr. Brown’s website: www.AskDrBrown.org. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Aug 23, 2019
Leaving Christianity for new truth?
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Are people leaving Christianity for a “new" truth? Does science keep piercing the truth of every religion? Is the Bible full of contradictions? Does God send 4 billion people to hell? Is it really true that no one talks about these things? Join Frank and he responds to these issues raised by Marty Sampsons, the Hillsong worship leader who says that his faith is now on “Incredibly shaky ground.” Frank also highlights some of the comments made about this by John Cooper, of the Christian rock band Skillet. Pray for Mr. Sampson. He says that he is familiar with the work of William Lane Craig, John Lennox, Ravi Zacharias, Michael Licona and Frank Turek. We pray he will get the answers he needs. Frank also addressed a few of the questions you’ve sent in, including: Why did God wait so long to stop the child sacrifice of the Canaanites? How can you follow a God who promises eternal torture? (Does He actually promise that?) Why did God give Adam and Eve access to the tree in the garden? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Aug 16, 2019
Is it arrogant to say you’re right? And many other questions
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Is it arrogant to say you’re right? And many other questions. So you think you’re right and everyone else is wrong! You’re arrogant! Is that true? Frank answers many of the questions you’ve emailed to Hello@Crossexamined.org including: Is love possible if atheism is true? Unless you observe it directly, do you have to have faith to believe it? Why pray when these shootings keep happening? How can we love America when its founders were slave owners? Why do we say the God of the Bible is the ground of morality? Is once saved, always saved, true? What about those who fall away? Did God create us, or did we create God? Is it arrogant and pompous to say you’re right and others are wrong? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Aug 10, 2019
Leaving Christianity For Sex?
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Pastor and author Joshua Harris recently announced that he has divorced his wife and left Christianity. He also has denounced Christian sexual morality. What can we learn from this? Here are some of the questions Frank addresses: · What reasons did he give? Did he cite evidence that Christianity is false? · By leaving Christianity hasn’t he adopted a new faith? · By what standard does he support his new beliefs? · Should we call out false teachers? · According to the Apostle Paul and Thomas Aquinas, how does sexual immorality make us stupid and dismissive of those who disagree with us? · Is this a choice between Christianity and the religion of sex? · How is Mr. Harris being just as exclusionary as the Christians he now blames? We need to pray for Mr. Harris and his family. But all of us have to make a choice: Are you going to trust your life and eternity to the sinless Jesus or the sinful culture? If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Aug 02, 2019
Can Science Explain Everything? Featuring Dr. John Lennox
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Can science explain everything? Is science an unstoppable force in human development?  Will it provide for all of our needs? How can a scientist believe in God? Are Christians committing the God of the Gaps fallacy when we say the universe, and certain designs in the universe, point to a being like God? Is Christianity at odds with science or is atheism at odds with science? Isn’t it irrational to believe in miracles and the supernatural? What’s the best way to correct mistakes that people make about science and Christianity? There’s nobody on the planet better at answering these questions than Dr. John Lennox of Oxford University. He joins Frank to share some wonderful illustrations and discuss his new book Can Science Explain Everything? Don’t know who Dr. Lennox is?  Go to YouTube and search for his two debates with Richard Dawkins.  Dr. Lennox is the best blend of truth and grace out there! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jul 22, 2019
Dr. Norman Geisler’s Greatest Hits
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Join Frank as he describes more than 50 important truths that his mentor, Dr. Norman Geisler, taught him over the years.  All of these insights— some of them were profound quips— will help you defend the faith and make you a better disciple. You better get ready to listen intently because there is more than one insight per minute!  Dr. Geisler wrote or co-wrote 129 books over his 86 years, and founded Southern Evangelical Seminary.  That’s still a great place to learn apologetics, philosophy and theology.  www.SES.edu.  If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Google Play: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Google Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jul 15, 2019
Unseen Realm Part 2
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How many spiritual beings are there? How can we discern what comes from God and what comes from dark forces? How do we explain two Yahwehs in the Old Testament? Join Frank for Part 2 as he interviews Dr. Michael Heiser about his book Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible. (Listen to Part 1 first). Beware: your view of the Bible may be rocked as a result of this interview! Check out Dr. Heiser at www.DRMSH.com and on his Naked Bible podcast. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jul 08, 2019
The Unseen Realm
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Join Frank as he interviews Dr. Michael Heiser about his book Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible. But beware: your view of the Bible may be rocked as a result of this interview! This is only Part 1. Part 2 is next week. Check out Dr. Heiser at www.DRMSH.com and on his Naked Bible podcast. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jul 01, 2019
Mama Bear Apologetics
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If you get between a mama bear and her cubs, you’ll be in big trouble. Frank interviews Hillary Morgan Ferrer, who joined up with other mama bears, to show you how you can protect your cubs from the trouble generated by the false ideas that are celebrated in our culture. These include: Self-Help Culture: the false belief that we are capable of fixing all of our own problems Naturalism: the false assumption that natural laws alone govern order and complexity Emotionalism: the irrational faith that our emotions can define objective truth and reality Moral Relativism: the dissonance of accepting all beliefs as equally true Progressive Christianity: omitting difficult theology in favor of a more politically correct version Don’t miss Frank and Hillary’s discussion about the five words that our culture has redefined, confusing our children to the point that they are leaving Christianity and making other dangerous choices. To get the full benefit of this podcast, you really need to get a copy of Mama Bear Apologetics. It’s a guidebook for parents and mentors who want to help kids gain critical thinking skills needed to reject cultural lies but may not know how to address every alternative viewpoint a child will face. Official Site: Mamabearapologetics.com If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jun 24, 2019
Is morality bad for business?
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According to 180 CEOs, it is… at least the morality based on God’s Good nature. They claim that abortion bans go “against our values and [are] bad for business.” They claim abortion bans are a ban on “equality.” What do they mean by equality? What do they mean by bad? What standard are they using to make such assertions? Was banning slavery bad for business? Are we supposed to base moral decisions on economic results? Join Frank and as he unpacks this hot issue and shows why you shouldn’t be a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. He also addresses a difficult question from a listener about believing in a God who allows so much evil. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jun 17, 2019
The New Absolutes
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What is happening to our culture’s moral values? Is it really radical relativism: everyone gets to decide what is right in his own eyes? Join Frank to find out that there’s actually a new set of absolutes that our culture is adopting. And these new absolutes are often polar opposites of those grounded in God’s Good nature. For example: The old absolute is purity; the new absolute is promiscuity The old absolute is humility; the new absolute is pride The old absolute is truth; the new absolute is power The old absolute is love; the new absolute is tolerance The old absolute is religious freedom; the new absolute is sexual supremacy And many others. Frank blows the lid off the claim that only Christians or conservatives are trying to impose a moral position. Everyone is! The problem for the proponents of the new absolutes is that they have no objective standard to support their positions. In the last segment, Frank answers questions about the universe coming from nothing, and how to reach apathetic people. Don’t be apathetic about this one. Please listen and share! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jun 10, 2019
Navigating a Post-Truth Culture
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We live in a post-truth culture, but how did we get here? In this episode, Dr. Ray Ciervo fills in for Frank and answer that and many other questions related to this extremely relevant topic. He shares some great insights on how to reach those who have bought into this whole idea, and how to turn a skeptic into a seeker. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Jun 03, 2019
The Equality Act isn’t About Equality
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What is the one topic today that pastors and Christians seem most scared to discuss? They are virtually silent, yet this topic threatens to make certain aspects of following Christ illegal in the United States. There is NOTHING “equal” about the “Equality Act!” It is LGBTQ+ supremacy over heterosexuality, and we don't shy away from the truth here at CrossExamined.org. Frank interviews Stephen Black on this topic. Don't miss it! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
May 29, 2019
So the Next Generation will Know
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Whether you’re a Christian parent, youth leader, or educator who works with Generation Z, you got to listen to this interview. As powerful ideas in our increasingly secular culture shape more of this generation, trusted leaders must share what they know about Jesus in ways that will reach them. Frank interview J. Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell about their new book. This book is backed by the latest research and first hand experience, and it shows how to share biblical truth with a generation that desperately needs to hear it in a way that draws them in instead of pushing them away. Make sure you listen to this insightful interview. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
May 17, 2019
Pastor leaves the faith?
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After 40 years, 'megachurch' pastor slams Christianity and quits... This is part of the headline of an article in the Christian Post about former pastor Dave Gass who recently renounce his faith publicly on social media. Frank takes a look at the reasons Mr. Gass gives for rejecting the faith to see if they are good reasons for waking away from Christianity. Please let's pray for Mr. Gass and his family. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
May 14, 2019
Is Progressive Christianity really “Good News”?
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The emergent (and dangerous) phenomenon of "Progressive Christianity" is coming to a church near you. Our guest host Alisa Childers is not only an expert in the topic, but she has experienced it first hand. We're going to list a few symptoms of a progressive church here, but you will have to listen to this episode to learn more. Here are the symptoms: ∙ A lowered view of the Bible ∙ Feelings are emphasized over facts ∙ Essential Christian doctrines are open for reinterpretationHistoric terms are redefined ∙ The heart of the gospel message shifts from sin and redemption to social justice Uh oh! If this sounds familiar, you really need to listen to this podcast with Alisa Childers. Don't miss it and make sure to share it with a friend that may need to hear this! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
May 07, 2019
Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Part II
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For Christianity, the resurrection is the central event. No resurrection equals no Christianity. That's why Frank decided to invest two complete episodes of the Cross Examined official podcast to focus on the most important event in the history of the universe. Here's part two! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Apr 30, 2019
Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? Part I
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For Christianity, the resurrection is the central event. No resurrection equals no Christianity. That's why Frank decided to invest two complete episodes of the Cross Examined official podcast to focus on the most important event in the history of the universe. Here's part one! If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Apr 30, 2019
Why Oppose Evil? It’s a Sign of the End Times!
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What do you say to a fellow Christian when they say things like "why do you fight the progression of evil in our society if it's, is just a sign of the end times"? During this episode of the Cross Examined Official Podcast, Frank gives a biblical answer to this type of attitude as he continues to answer your questions. If you want to send us a question for the show, please email us at  Hello@CrossExamined.org. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Apr 15, 2019
Unplanned and the Abortion Debate with Dr. Mike S. Adams
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In this episode, Frank talks about the movie Unplanned, based on the dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. He also interviews the great Dr. Mike S. Adams about his debate with Dr. Willie Parker, an abortion doctor who has performed thousands of abortions and claims to be a Christian. We don't shy away from the truth, you shouldn't either, listen to this important episode of the Cross Examined Official Podcast. Keep us busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Apr 08, 2019
Collusion against the Truth
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If the evidence is so good for Christianity, why don't more people follow Christ? There are three possible factors for it and Frank discuss each one of them in this episode of the Cross Examined Official Podcast. We'll see what motivates people to come to conclusions that are completely opposite to the facts. Keep us busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Apr 02, 2019
Is the Quran the Word of God? w/ Dr. David Wood
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Dr. David Wood joins Frank during this episode of the Cross Examined Official Podcast. They tackled the question: Is the Quran the Word of God? David talks about how he became an expert on Islam and how that's related to his friendship to the late Nabeel Qureshi. Islam is the fastest growing (enforced) religion in the world and we as Christians should know how to speak intelligently with Muslims about the truth of Christianity. Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Mar 26, 2019
10 Things Every Christian Should Know For College
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In this episode, Frank interviews author Austin Gentry about his book titled: 10 Things Every Christian Should Know For College: A Student’s Guide on Doubt, Community, & Identity. This book stands at the intersection of the Christian faith and the college life. 10 Things Every Christian Should Know For College is a replete guide for not merely surviving in college, but more importantly, thriving in college. Make sure to forward this podcast to all your friends and family member that would benefit from it. In the last section of this episode, Frank answer questions from our Q&A email "Hello@CrossExamined.org" send your questions now! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Mar 18, 2019
Is the Bible all you need?
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Frank responds to an email from a person who actually believes the earth is flat and the sun goes around the earth based on his "interpretation" of the scriptures. During this episode, Frank lovingly refutes this position and shares some great tools to interpret the Bible properly. He points out that you need to know a lot of information from general revelation before you can understand the Bible (or any other book). Listen to this insightful episode you'll be better equipped to understand Scripture after this show. God bless! Keep us busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Mar 11, 2019
Should God have done it differently?
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Should God have done things differently? Many people say things like "I can't believe in God because if he really existed things would be a lot different" or "the bible is too complicated and contradictory, and God hides from us, so he probably doesn't even exist." Or the classic "God's design is too imperfect, so I don't believe He exists." Frank tackles all these issues based on an email he got from one of his listeners about a former pastor who left Christianity. We know you deal with these type of issues/questions, make sure to listen to this episode to learn on how to answer these challenges to your faith. Keep us busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Mar 05, 2019
Hate Crimes, Transgenderism, and other big questions
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Some very interesting things have happened in the last few days, including Jussie Smollet "hate crime" hoax and a panel hosted by the Heritage Foundation where four feminist activists argued that sex IS fundamentally BIOLOGICAL, and not socially constructed. That's an interesting development coming from the same LGBTQ community. Frank doesn't waste any time and comments on these issues during this podcast. He also answers a couple of questions from you our audience via Hello@CrossExamined.org. Don't miss this very interesting episode of the Cross Examined Official Podcast. Keep us busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher
Feb 26, 2019
The Clash of Christianity and Culture
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Detective and apologist J. Warner Wallace hosts this episode of the Cross Examined Official Podcast. During this episode he discusses the following topics: How Media Consumption Threatens the Future of Christianity (It’s Not What You Think). Why Young Ex-Christians Are Ex-Christians, According to the Latest Research. Three Reasons Why All Americans Should Want Their Politicians to Be Religious. The Good News for Christians From An Otherwise Bleak Pew Study. Don't miss this special edition of the Cross Examined Show! Keep us busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 16, 2019
Objections to the Resurrection with Gary Habermas
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Frank raises some significant objections to the resurrection of Christ, but his guest is none other than the foremost expert in the topic, Dr. Gary Habermas. Listen to Gary's answer to the following questions: • Anything is more possible than a resurrection • Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence • Hallucinations! • Don’t all religions have miracles claims? Aren’t they self-cancelling? • Why do we have to rely on historical data? Why doesn’t the resurrected Jesus just appear to everyone now? Check out Gary's premium course: http://bit.ly/2Gm3laj Have you heard some good objections to Christianity? Send them to Frank so he can answer them live. Email him at Hello@CrossExamined.org Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Feb 11, 2019
How old is the universe and other big questions?
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How old is the universe? Is it illogical for God to Create out of nothing? Did the law of cause and effect apply to the beginning of the universe? Frank answers more questions from YOU, our amazing audience. Want your questions answered during our podcast. Email Frank at Hello@CrossExamined.org Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher      
Feb 05, 2019
The Trinity in the Old Testament
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It is often assumed that the doctrine of the Trinity – the idea that there is one being of God that is comprised of three eternal and co-equal divine persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) – is something that is revealed only in the New Testament. While it is certainly true that the expression of the Trinity reaches its climax in the New Testament, few people (Christians and non-believers alike) are aware that one can find evidence of divine plurality – and even of there being three divine persons – throughout the Old Testament as well. Listen to this fascinating episode with our guest Jonathan McLatchie and pay attention to how he reveals the Trinity in the Old Testament. Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jan 30, 2019
The Right to all Other Rights
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If you don't have this right, you don't have any other rights... thank God you are alive and able to read this podcast description which means you are enjoying the right to life. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands are denied that right every year and millions have been murder in the womb due to the human rights abuse of abortion. As you know Frank does not shy away from delicate or controversial topics so join him in this episode as he unpacks this difficult subject and learn how to address this topic intelligently. Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jan 21, 2019
Why Everyone Believes in Borders
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Do you have locks on your doors? How about on your car? Got a fence so your kids can play safely? The truth is everyone believes in secure borders. In fact, life would be impossible without them. As long as human nature is what it is—bent toward evil—borders will be necessary. Frank skillfully discuss this extremely difficult topic and help you navigate thru this issue with some clear and helpful insights. Also, during the last section of this episode, he responds to a question from a listener related to a Bible Study she attended where they told her basically she doesn't have to give reasons for the truth of Christianity. Yikes! Yes, we know; unfortunately, there are still preachers, teachers, and pastors that don't get it, and then when 75% of their youth leaves the faith when they go to college, they act surprised. Make sure to listen until the end. God bless! Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jan 14, 2019
Does Religion Really Matter in America?
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  The latest Gallup poll shows a continuing decline of religious influence in America. A dramatic shift has taken place in America related to the way we view religious beliefs. Hidden in the data from the Gallup research lies a clue to the reason for this change in public opinion. Why do fewer Americans think religion matters? Listen to the podcast to hear the answer to this question. Frank and Detective J. Warner Wallace tackle this issue and others in this episode. Don't miss it! Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Jan 07, 2019
True for you but not for me? Plus More Q&A!
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  Frank continues to answer questions from you, our amazing audience! He got the following question via email "Yesterday, I had a discussion with a friend who is a postmodernist. He believes in the statement, “it’s true for you, but not for me.” I pulled up the CrossExamined app and showed him the example of the customer and the bank teller. My friend’s response to that example was, “the customer and the bank teller are both absolute in their truth.” How do you answer that? Listen to this podcast to find out as Frank answer that questions and many more during this episode of the CrossExamined Podcast! Happy New Year to all of our listeners and don't forget to gift us a 5-star rating and a positive review on iTunes! You can also help us by donating here: https://crossexamined.org/donate/ we have a $20,000 matching grant until the end of 2018! Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: apple.co/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 28, 2018
Are Christmas Traditions Really Christian?
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Now, this is an episode you CANNOT miss! A Christmas episode about Christmas traditions with the brilliant William J. Federer. Frank and Bill talk about, Santa Claus (the real one), why the use of Xmas instead of Christmas, why celebrating Christ birth on December 25th, the Christmas tree and many more great insights. Then he answers the controversial question: Should Christians celebrate Christmas? Tons of fascinating stuff that you should know! Merry Christmas to all of our listeners and don't forget to gift us a 5-star rating and a positive review on iTunes! You can also help us by donating here: https://crossexamined.org/donate/ we have a $20,000 matching grant until the end of 2018! Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don’t miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: apple.co/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 21, 2018
Why is there evidence for anything?
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Frank is back answering your questions after three weeks of great interviews on the Cross Examined Official Podcast. Many people claim that there's no evidence for God... but "Why is there evidence for anything?" Frank unpacks this and answers a couple more questions he got from you, our great audience, via email. He talks about the evidence we have that shows the universe came from nothing and answers the question "If the Bible says we should not kill, how can anyone justify war?" Keep Frank busy by sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org and don't miss this episode! Subscribe on iTunes: apple.co/CrossExamined_Podcast rate and review! Thanks!!! Subscribe on Spotify: http://bit.ly/CrossExaminedOfficial_Podcast Subscribe on Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher  
Dec 18, 2018
Who were the Neanderthals?
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  Frank interviews Dr. Fazale Rana the vice president of research and apologetics at Reason to Believe, a brilliant biochemist on the question "Who were the Neanderthals?." They also talk about common descent, homology, DNA and the "God of the gaps objection. Don't miss this fascinating program loaded with insightful scientific details.  
Dec 10, 2018
The Most Destructive Idea
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PODCAST Rigid adherence to scientism—as opposed to a healthy respect for science—is all too prevalent in our world today. Rather than leading to a deeper understanding of our universe, this worldview actually undermines real science and marginalizes morality and religion. In this interview, celebrated philosopher J. P. Moreland exposes the self-defeating nature of scientism and equips us to recognize scientism’s harmful presence in different aspects of culture, emboldening our witness to biblical Christianity and arming us with strategies for the integration of faith and science—the only feasible path to genuine knowledge. Yes, this is a podcast you cannot miss! Get the book: http://a.co/d/8VSY4SO
Dec 03, 2018
Everything is Connected
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Join Frank on a fascinating survey of history from 1453 to the Pilgrims to Thanksgiving with none other than historian Bill Federer. This episode for the CrossExamined podcast is packed with surprising historical data. Don't miss it! Visit Bill's website here: https://americanminute.com/
Nov 24, 2018
Exclusion in the Name of Inclusion
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Decades ago the free speech movement was born in the campus of UC Berkeley. Today the story is the complete opposite. Only a few weeks ago a student senator by the name of Isabella Chow abstained from a vote supporting "transgender rights" and even though she gave a well-reasoned explanation now more than 1,000 people have signed a petition demanding that she resign from the student government. In other words, she's being excluded in the name of inclusion. Frank explains what's happening in the college campuses across the U.S. and why.
Nov 19, 2018
How to defend Christianity in a soundbite world
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The task of defending the truth of Christianity today is becoming increasingly difficult, especially since now technology allows us to "extract" a phrase or two and interpret it any way we want. Whether is in social media, radio or video, it's never been easier to take things out of context. How can we successfully defend Christianity in a soundbite world? Stay tuned for the answer!
Nov 19, 2018
Uncovering Jerusalem with Archaeologist Eli Shukron
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Frank sits down in his studio with the famous archaeologist Eli Shukron. They talk about Eli's story and his amazing archaeological discoveries. These discoveries not only authenticate the historical accuracy of the various biblical accounts related to these artifacts and locations but also illuminate the stories we find in the Scriptures. Don't miss this insightful and fun listen. Enjoy!
Nov 05, 2018
Christians and Donald Trump
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A controversial topic with a controversial author about a controversial figure. Frank interviews Dr. Michael Brown about his new book: Donald Trump is Not my Saviour. As a Christian, how can you support a president whose present actions and personal history you utterly disagree with? Radio host, Biblical scholar, and social activist, Dr. Michael Brown, represented the collective fears of many evangelical Christians when it became clear that Donald J. Trump would emerge as the presidential candidate for the Republican Party. Dr. Brown talks about this difficult topic with wisdom and clarity. You don't want to miss this fascinating interview.    
Oct 30, 2018
Are you believing tradition or scripture?
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An interview with the real Indiana Jones, Bob Cornuke about his new book titled "Tradition: Exploring the Roots of Church Traditions." Bob examines various man-made church traditions which have, far too often, strayed from clear Scriptural mandates. Don't miss this controversial podcast episode. Is definitely one of those episodes worth listening more than once.
Oct 23, 2018
Jesus Is Risen
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Originally confined to a small circle of believers centered in Jerusalem, Christianity's stunning transformation into the world's most popular faith is one of history's greatest, most miraculous stories. Frank interviews #1 bestselling author David Limbaugh about his new book Jesus Is Risen, where he provides a riveting account of the birth of Christianity. Using the Book of Acts and six New Testament epistles as his guide, Limbaugh talks about the exhilarating journey through the sorrow and suffering, as well as the joys and triumphs, of the apostles and other key figures as Christianity bursts through the borders of Judea following the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. You don't want to miss it.  
Oct 16, 2018
Is it wrong to impose religious beliefs in politics?
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Frank thoroughly examines a comment by Rachel Bird posted on the New York Times comments section of Tim Keller's latest article. He dissects the comment and answers the following question: Is it wrong to impose religious beliefs in politics? Here's the comment by Rachel: "As a strong believer in the separation of Church and State, I believe that religion has no place in political discourse. I am sick and tired of so-called Christians and other faith-based groups. using their religious beliefs to influence public policy. You want to pray. Fine. Go to church. You want to live your life in accordance with some religious belief. Fine. Do it in the privacy of your home. But, do not use your religious belief to argue that your right to free speech is infringed upon when you are asked to bake a cake for a same sex couple, provide birth control under your company's health insurance plan, deny science, etc. In short, do not use your religious beliefs to deny my right to live as I see fit. To influence public policy which denies millions of women, minorities, and children, access to health care, abortion, voting rights, civil rights. I am simply fed up with the hypocrisy to the so-called religious people in this country preaching to the rest of us who simply want to live our lives freely and openly without the burden of dealing with someone's else's gods foisted upon us." -Rachel Bird
Oct 10, 2018
Doubting Toward Faith
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Let’s face it—we all have doubts, and those doubts can lead to confusion and hopelessness. Contrary to popular belief, doubt is not the opposite of faith. Rather, doubts call for an important decision—will you give in to unbelief, or will you continue the journey toward faith? Frank interviews his friend the "One Minute Apologist" Dr. Bobby Conway on this episode. They discuss the topic of doubt and how to "doubt toward faith."
Oct 02, 2018
Problems with Progressive Christianity
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From Christian recording artist to daring defender of the faith, Alisa Childers shares her experience with the "Progressive Christianity" movement. She shares with Frank why she wants to raise awareness about this dangerous and toxic view of Christianity. In this podcast they discuss: What is "Progressive Christianity"? What are the signs your church might be heading toward progressive Christianity? What kind of reactions does Alisa get after writing against this movement? And much more, don't miss it!
Sep 24, 2018
The UnAborted Truth
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Frank interviews one of the most controversial and brilliant defenders of freedom of speech and the right to life, Dr. Mike S. Adams. This fearless UNCW professor defends truth amidst tons of opposition wherever he goes. Make sure you listen to this podcast. In this interview they touch in Mike's background story and then they dive into the terrible truth of what's happening on college campuses all around the country, they also talk about how some universities are suppressing the truth about valid research against transgenderism and other related issues.
Sep 18, 2018
Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed
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Once upon a time there was a version of our faith that was practically . . . irresistible. But that was then. Today we preach, teach, write, and communicate as if nothing has changed.  As if “The Bible says it,” still settles it. It’s time to hit pause on much of what we’re doing and consider the faith modeled by our first-century brothers and sisters who had no official Bible, no status, and humanly speaking, little chance of survival. What did they know that we don’t? What made their faith so compelling, so defensible, so irresistible? Buckle up . . . you’re about to find out! Frank interviews Andy Stanly about his new book Irresistible. Here's what Frank had to say about the book: "“Warning: This book will set you and your ministry back—back to the first century and the approach to advancing the gospel modeled by Jesus and the apostles. Andy reminds us that the resurrection was at the center of the first-century apologetic. Then he challenges twenty-first century believers to reclaim it as the center of ours as well. I agree with Andy—this approach changed the world once. I’m convinced it could do so again. Read and apply now!”—Frank Turek
Sep 14, 2018
Why are there so many denominations?
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There's a lot of confusion both inside and outside Christian circles regarding the multitude of Christian denominations. Some even use that fact as an argument against Christianity. How should we answer when someone asks We often hear people asking the following question: Why are there so many denominations? Frank answer that question and more in this podcast. Stay Tuned!    
Sep 10, 2018
My Debate with Dr. Michael Shermer
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Does belief in God make sense of the world? Or does reality itself point to God’s absence? Is God real or is he a product of human minds? These were some of the questions we discuss during my debate with Dr. Michael Shermer in San Jose California this past Friday, August 24th, 2018. Debate title: What Better Explains Reality? When we raise this question is unavoidable to notice that both sides of the debate have the burden of proof. This was the main idea behind the debate. In this podcast, Frank shares his thoughts about the debate.    
Sep 04, 2018
How do we know God exists? Is the Old Testament binding?
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Some say there's no evidence for God, we can't see him, we can't use any type of scientific test to prove he exists, so how can we know this? Frank answer that question and then dives deep to answer questions related to the differences between the Old and the New Testament, Evil, the Canaanite Genocide and is the Old Testament binding on today's believers.    
Sep 04, 2018
Predestination vs Free Will
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Have you been sending your questions to Hello@CrossExamined.org so Frank can answer them on this podcast? If not, why not? Here's this week's main question: How can we have freedom of the will if God is completely sovereign?    
Sep 04, 2018
A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World
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Do you feel like you are fighting a losing battle for the hearts and minds of your kids? Something has changed. We all sense it. The cultural pressure is increasing, especially on our kids. But even in a world of ever-present screens, gender-identity questions, and addictions, kids can have clarity and confidence. We must help them and there's nobody better in this important subject than Brett Kunkle founder of MAVEN. In this interview Frank and Brett talk about his latest book A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World. Where he explores questions such as: - What unseen undercurrents are shaping twenty-first-century youth culture? - Why do so many kids struggle with identity? - How do we talk to kids about LGBT issues? - How can we steer kids away from substance abuse and other addictions? - How can we ground students in the biblical story and empower them to change the world? and more! Don't miss it!    
Aug 13, 2018
Are Christians too judgmental? & Did Jesus promise us anything we ask in faith?
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At CrossExamined our goal is to try and answer your questions the best we can and this is exactly what Frank does in this podcast. He answers questions from YOU (our audience). In this episode he focuses on two very important questions: • Are Christians too judgmental? • Did Jesus promise us anything we ask in faith? Don’t miss it and don’t forget to send your questions to Frank via Email!    
Aug 06, 2018
Sharing the Good News with Mormons
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Someone you know is a Mormon—a family member, a coworker, a friend, or a neighbor—and you long to present the truth about Jesus and what God's Word teaches. But where do you start? How can you convey what's on your heart in a way that will be well received? Well, there's a new book by Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell full of practical wisdom to equip you to reach Mormons. It contains a variety of essays from respected scholars, apologists, and pastors—including Sandra Tanner, Robert Bowman, David Geisler, Bill McKeever, Mark Mittelberg, J. Warner Wallace, Lynn Wilder, and others—lays out a variety of creative methods for sharing the gospel effectively. Frank interview Eric Johnson about this new book. During this interview, you will learn some great tips on how to share the truth with Mormons. Book: https://amzn.to/2voUBbs
Jul 31, 2018
Questions about Evil, Spiritual Gifts, Divorce, Sola Scriptura, and more
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If you want Frank to answer some of your questions over the air, make sure to listen to this great podcast and find out how to email him your questions. During this entire podcast, Frank answers questions from YOU (our audience) regarding Evil, Spiritual Gifts, Divorce, Sola Scriptura, and more. Don't miss it and don't forget to send your questions to Frank!
Jul 24, 2018
The Big Questions in Life: Part IV
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Frank closes our current "Big Questions in Life" series answering some really tough questions. In this last installment of our 4 part series, Frank discusses the following questions: What is the source of objective moral obligations? Where does evil come from? Why do we have free will? What is the purpose or meaning of life? How should we live? Why do we feel guilt? How do we atone for our bad moral behavior? Why is there a New Testament? How did Christianity arise out of Judaism in first century Jerusalem if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead? & What happens when you die Don't miss the episode that brings this series to a close!  
Jul 17, 2018
The Big Questions in Life: Part III
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After a quick break (previous episode) from our current "Big Questions in Life" series, Frank is back with another great installment. In this podcast, he discusses the following questions: Why can our minds discover truths about the external world? What is the source of the laws of logic and mathematics? Why is there such a thing as probability? Why are we conscious? and more!
Jul 10, 2018
Why Is The Supreme Court Important To Christians?
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After the big announcement by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy of his retirement many questions arise. Frank tackles some of the following questions in this podcast: How does the Supreme Court affect you as a Christian? What are the implications if a conservative justice is appointed to the Supreme Court? What about Roe vs. Wade, will it be overturned? Tune in to hear the answers to these questions. Don't miss this podcast!
Jul 05, 2018
The Big Questions in Life: Part II
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Frank reflects on the life of Charles Krauthammer who just recently passed away then retakes the topic of his last podcast that focused on the question "What worldview best explains the biggest questions in life?" He deals with some of the most important questions we need to answer. Questions such as: Why is the universe fine-tuned? Why is there reliable cause and effect? Why is there such a thing as evidence? How did life begin? and many more. Listen to find out the answer to these questions. Dig Deeper: bit.ly/SFG_Main   
Jun 25, 2018
The Big Questions In Life
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What worldview best explains the biggest questions in life? In this podcast, Frank deals with some of the most important questions we need to answer. Questions such as: Why does anything exist? Why is there a universe? Does God exist? What kind of God? If there is no God, why is there something rather than nothing? and many more. Listen to find out the answer to these questions. Dig Deeper: bit.ly/SFG_Main   
Jun 18, 2018
Fired for Opposing Pride?
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Why is pride a sin? Frank gives an insightful answer to this question and analyzes the recent controversy that started when members of a gym said a special workout in support of "Pride Week" was canceled by gym owners that led to an executive at CrossFit was fired for a tweet on his personal account. Listen to this podcast and find out more about this story.    
Jun 11, 2018
Does Geography Determine Faith?
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One of the most popular objections against religion (Christianity in particular) is that we believe in Christianity because we were born in a Christian nation not because it's true. Frank debunks this objection while sharing a very insightful email he received from a university student about this very topic. Bonus: Frank also refutes the popular "what about those who never heard" objection against Christianity. Don't miss this podcast! Find us this podcast @ iTunes: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_iTunes Stitcher: http://bit.ly/CE_Podcast_Stitcher Subsplash: http://bit.ly/CrossExamined_APP CrossExamined: https://crossexamined.org/podcasts/  
Jun 04, 2018
Near Death Experiences w/ Dr. Gary Habermas
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Near Death Experiences: Are they real? Is there any way to verify that they are real? What's the implication that NDEs have on Christianity if they are real? Do they prove or disprove Christianity or Naturalism Are they evidence of the afterlife? Frank interviews Dr. Gary Habermas, who's done extensive research on the topic. A fascinating listen.
May 30, 2018
Why Don’t Miracles Happen More Often?
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Frank continues his series on Miracles by examining the very difficult question: Why Don't Miracles Happen More Often? He opens this podcast talking about his dear friend and fellow apologist Nabeel Qureshi who converted from Islam to Christianity and was one of the most effective defenders of the Christian Faith, yet he died from stomach cancer at the young age of 34. This is a podcast you don't want to miss.
May 14, 2018
The Creator & The Cosmos with Dr. Hugh Ross
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Whether you are skeptical of God's existence or seeking scientific support for your faith, This interview with Astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross about his updated book will enable you to see how the heavens do declare the glory of God (Ps. 19:1). Dr. Ross explains recent scientific measurements of the universe that clearly point to its purposeful origin and development. An abundance of references to published research findings allows you to explore the evidence for yourself.  
May 07, 2018
Why you should be angry like Jesus
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The Scriptures tell us to “Be angry, and yet do not sin.” Frank discusses anger, what made Jesus angry and what should make us angry. Is there such a thing as "righteous anger"?
May 01, 2018
Archeology in Israel
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Every year Frank goes to Israel with a small group, and they meet with famous Archaeologist Eli Shukron. They travel across Israel visiting amazing sites full of evidence that confirms Biblical Truth. In this podcast, Frank shares his experience and gives profound insights that he gathered during his latest Israel Tour.    
May 01, 2018
Miracles with Dr. Craig Keener [Part 2]
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Part 2: Most modern prejudice against biblical miracle reports depends on David Hume’s argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles. Yet current research shows that human experience is far from uniform. In fact, hundreds of millions of people today claim to have experienced miracles. Frank interviews New Testament scholar Craig Keener not only about the reliability of the miracle eyewitness accounts of Gospels and Acts but also documented modern-day miracles. The evidence will leave with more than just something to think about. Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts by Craig S. Keener Link: http://a.co/irMXMQs    
May 01, 2018
The Case for Miracles w/ Lee Strobel
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Miracles are more common than we think. In this interview, Strobel shares astounding accounts of healings and other phenomena that simply cannot be explained away by naturalistic causes. He speaks about his phenomenal new book "The Case for Miracles." But he does not only talk about "miracles" Lee also tackles the tough question "What about miracles that don’t happen? If God can intervene in the world, why doesn’t he do it more often to relieve suffering? One of the best interviews on the topic of Miracles! Don't miss it!  
Apr 16, 2018
Jesus In Archeology with Dr. Craig Evans
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How does Archaeology relate to the New Testament and the life of Jesus? What is the value of "material culture" (i.e., archaeological evidence) for interpreting Jesus and the Gospels? Have many people mentioned in the bible been confirmed as historical figures due to new archaeological discoveries? Dr. Craig A. Evans answers these and many other questions in this exciting and informative interview. Learn how archaeological evidence enlightens our understanding of the life and death of Jesus and the culture in which he lived.  
Apr 16, 2018
Miracles with Dr. Craig Keener [Part 1]
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Most modern prejudice against biblical miracle reports depends on David Hume's argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles. Yet current research shows that human experience is far from uniform. In fact, hundreds of millions of people today claim to have experienced miracles. Frank interviews New Testament scholar Craig Keener not only about the reliability of the miracle eyewitness accounts of Gospels and Acts but also documented modern-day miracles. The evidence will leave with more than just something to think about. Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts by Craig S. Keener Link: http://a.co/irMXMQs    
Mar 26, 2018
Failed Arguments Against Miracles
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If miracles are not possible, then Christianity cannot be true. Many across the centuries have tried to bring arguments against miracles. Maybe the most famous advocate against the possibility of miracles is David Hume. Almost three hundred years after his death, Hume's argument is still being taught in philosophy courses around the world today. In this podcast, Frank shows why Hume's argument fails and why other arguments against miracles tend to be circular.  
Mar 22, 2018
Miracles: Do They Occur?
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What are miracles? Do They Occur? What about the miracles in Biblical times? Dr. Frank Turek discusses the six different categories of unusual events and whether miracles occur today. This is a fundamental truth of our Christian Faith, make sure you know how to engage in conversation about with topic.  
Mar 12, 2018
How to Doubt your Doubts w/ Michael Patton
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Frank interviews Credo Courses founder and theologian Michael Patton. They discuss an article written by Patton where the infamous Richard Dawkins left a personal comment. This interview focus on the topic of doubt. We all have doubts, so what's the best way to deal with them? Learn more about the courses here: https://www.ReasonU.com  
Mar 05, 2018
Who is Gen Z? w/ Jonathan Morrow
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Frank remembers the life and legacy of the great Billy Graham followed by a fundamental conversation with Jonathan Morrow from the Impact 360 Institute about the latest findings on Gen Z. Find out who they are and what they believe about truth, Christianity, and reality in general. How can we reach them knowing that only 4% of them hold to a Biblical worldview? Learn More about Impact 360 here: https://www.impact360institute.org/  
Feb 28, 2018
Answering More Atheist Questions
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After traveling for several weeks and presenting the truth of Christianity on five different college campuses, Frank answers some of the questions raised by Atheist during those presentations in this Podcast. He also talks about the most recent school shooting and the press slamming Vice President Mike Pence about his religious beliefs.    
Feb 19, 2018
Do God’s Commands Change?
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After several presentations in different universities across the U.S. Frank unpacks some of the most commonly asked questions by his audience during the Q&A section of his I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist presentations. He also answers some questions from his live audience during the last segment of the show.
Feb 13, 2018
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality w/ Nancy Pearcey
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Frank interviews best-selling author Nancy Pearcey about her new book Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality which goes beyond politically correct talking points to offer a riveting exposé of the dehumanizing secularist ethos that shapes critical moral and socio-political issues of our day. Love Thy Body (Book): http://a.co/6KDAEN7  
Feb 05, 2018
The Left vs. Free Speech
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Frank analyzes the debate between Jordan Peterson vs. Cathy Newman. They discuss topics such as gender, equality, pay gap and more. The crystal clear thinking and eloquence shown by Prof. Peterson puts the spotlight on the Left's position to subvert free speech. This is a podcast you definitely want to listen and relisten. Watch the debate here: http://bit.ly/2DSlR52  
Jan 31, 2018
Is Jesus the Real Messiah? with Dr. Michael L. Brown
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Dr. Michael Brown and Frank answer the following Jewish Objections to Jesus: • Isn’t the Messiah supposed to build the third temple? Jesus didn’t do that. • The Messiah is supposed to gather all the Jews back to the land of Israel and usher in peace. Jesus didn’t do that. • Doesn’t the NT take OT prophecies out of context, like Isaiah 7:14? • What do Jews say about a child being born whom will be Mighty God (Isa. 9:6)? • Isn’t the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53 Israel? http://realmessiah.com/  
Jan 23, 2018
Zombie Science with Dr. Jonathan Wells
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In 2000, biologist Jonathan Wells took the science world by storm with Icons of Evolution, a book showing how biology textbooks routinely promote Darwinism using bogus evidence— in Zombie Science, Wells asks a simple question: If the icons of evolution were just innocent textbook errors, why do so many of them still persist? Science has enriched our lives and led to countless discoveries. But now, Wells argues, it’s being corrupted. Empirical science is devolving into zombie science, shuffling along unfazed by opposing evidence. Don't miss this fantastic interview with Dr. Wells about his new book, Zombie Science! Zombie Science (Book) http://amzn.to/2DoHDy8
Jan 13, 2018
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels with Dr. Craig Blomberg
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The reliability of the Gospels is under attack. Skeptics seek to undermine the story of Jesus Christ by saying we cannot really trust the Gospel. "They were not written by eye-witnesses," "They contradict each other," "They have historical errors." Those who have not studied this subject may be caught off-guard and begin to lose the footing of their faith. Frank interviews one of the leading scholars in the subject the Distinguished Professor of New Testament from Denver Seminary, Dr. Craig Blomberg! He shares some great insights on the topic during this podcast and tells us how to learn more about it directly from him on his new Online Course. Learn more about his online course here. 
Jan 05, 2018
Five Proofs of the Existence of God with Dr. Ed Feser
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A fantastic interview with prolific writer and professor of philosophy, Dr. Edward Feser. Called by National Review “one of the best contemporary writers on philosophy.” Feser gives a brief exposition and defense in this podcast of five of the historically most important (but in recent years largely neglected) philosophical proofs of God’s existence: the Aristotelian, the Neo-Platonic, the Augustinian, the Thomistic, and the Rationalist. This is one of the best podcasts of the year, don't miss it! Learn More: http://bit.ly/5Proofs_Book
Dec 27, 2017
If Satan was a Professor
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Frank highlights the morally vacuous courses at major universities. A new wave of identity politics is infecting higher education, playing directly into the hands of leftist administrators, professors, and students seeking to reach a new low in their victim olympics. The result is a disregard for personal responsibility or individual freedom. Don't miss this podcast YOU NEED to know this.
Dec 19, 2017
Give Them The Keys: Making a Youth Ministry a Youth’s Ministry
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Frank interviews Tim Ramsey about his new book. Imagine joining a sports team but never getting a chance to play or even attend the games. Imagine if all you did was talk about the game, and never got to enjoy the benefits of playing it. Many youth groups are like that. They talk a lot about being part of the Kingdom but never help the students actually get in the game to advance the Kingdom. Tim gives us great tips on how to do youth's ministry the right way! Get the book here: http://amzn.to/2j86gtb
Dec 12, 2017
Exposing More Contradictions
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In this brief podcast, Frank tackles some of the inconsistencies of adhering to a worldview that claims we can choose our own gender. He also educates those who claim that one can be "racist" against Islam (Muslims). Listen also to Exposing Atheists Contradictions (Part 1)
Dec 06, 2017
Exposing Atheist Contradictions
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Frank exposes several contradictions that are unavoidable if one holds to a materialistic, atheistic worldview. There seems to be a mismatch between their beliefs and reality, and we should point this out. Learn more about this by reading "Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case" http://bit.ly/SFG-Book
Nov 29, 2017
Evidence That Demands a Verdict with Sean McDowell, Ph.D.
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Frank interviews the co-author of the modern apologetics classic that started it all and is now completely revised and updated—the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics. Now, with his son Sean McDowell, Josh McDowell has updated and expanded this classic resource for a new generation. Sean shares how 70% of this books is now new information! Don't miss this podcast! Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World SeanMcDowell.org
Nov 20, 2017
Questions about Mass Shootings w/ J. Warner Wallace
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In the wake of the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church mass shooting in Texas, many questions arise, and our national conversation about gun violence intensifies. We grieve with these families and cannot ignore the evil done by the perpetrator. Detective J. Warner Wallace answers some questions about mass shootings and how we should handle the discourse on these delicate issues. Article: Three Important Questions to Balance in the Wake of Gun Violence
Nov 10, 2017
Talking with Your Kids about God w/ Natasha Crain
48:46
Christian parenting is hard work--and it's getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith but fear that today's increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves many parents feeling overwhelmed--uncertain of what they can do to help their children, given the difficulty and extent of the faith challenges they will face. Frank interviews author Natasha Crain about her new book a practical and timely resource that gives parents the confidence of knowing what to discuss with their children and how to discuss it in order to facilitate impactful conversations that will form the basis of a lifelong faith. Natasha's Website: http://christianmomthoughts.com/ Natasha's New Book: http://christianmomthoughts.com/talkingwithyourkidsaboutgod/
Nov 06, 2017
Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World with Eric Metaxas
49:20
Frank interviews the acclaimed biographer of the bestselling Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, Eric Metaxas about his new book on Martin Luther where he paints a startling portrait of the wild figure whose adamantine faith cracked the edifice of Western Christendom and dragged medieval Europe into the future. Learn more about Eric Metaxas and his new book here: http://ericmetaxas.com/ Previews Episode w/ Eric titled "The Death of God Is Greatly Exaggerated: http://bit.ly/2zkQdi2
Oct 31, 2017
New Testament Textual Criticism with Dr. Daniel B. Wallace
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In this fascinating interview, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace shares some insights with us about what New Testament textual criticism is and why is important for us as Christians to understand the process. He explains why we should trust the content of the New Testament from a scholarly perspective and why we should be confident that what we have today is what was written almost two millennia ago despite the many objections skeptics like Barth Ehrman bring against it. He also invites us to join his brand online course on OnlineChristianCourses.com. Learn more about his new course here: OnlineChristianCourses.com    
Oct 18, 2017
The Secret Battle of Ideas About God with Dr. Jeff Myers
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A virus has been spreading across America. Chances are you’ve already been infected without even realizing it. The virus is made up of dangerous ideas—worldviews that don’t reflect Jesus and biblical living. According to a recent Barna study, less than one in five practicing Christians have a biblical worldview. Idea viruses—stemming from secularism, Marxism, postmodernism, new spirituality, and Islam—are rampant in our churches today. But don’t give up—there is hope! The Secret Battle of Ideas about God is a manual for winning the battle of ideas that is raging for our hearts and minds. Join Dr. Jeff Myers on this podcast as he's interviewed by Frank about his fascinating new book ➡️The Secret Battle of Ideas About God!  
Oct 16, 2017
Yo solo creo en la ciencia
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Por Chris Du-pond Frecuentemente tengo conversaciones con personas que afirman que la ciencia es el único medio razonable para obtener conocimiento y llegar a la verdad. Esta posición se denomina cientificismo y, mientras es cierto que la ciencia es maravillosa y nos puede proveer de todo tipo de información valiosa, también creo que la mayor parte de nuestro conocimiento relevante no puede ser obtenido por la ciencia o el método científico. Veamos; ¿Cuáles son algunas de las cosas que no se pueden demostrar con la ciencia pero que los científicos consideran como ciertos? Lógica. Verdades lógicas no se pueden probar con la ciencia. La ciencia tiene que asumir y presuponer que la lógica funciona para así poder hacer ciencia dado que la ciencia es una empresa lógica. Bien se dice que la ciencia es esclava de la filosofía por esto mismo. El tratar de probar las leyes de la lógica con ciencia es cometer la falacia de “petición de principio” o argumentar en círculo. Matemática. La ciencia tiene que asumir que los números y las ecuaciones matemáticas describen correctamente el funcionamiento interno del universo. Es impresionante como algunas abstracciones matemáticas describen perfectamente el movimiento de fluidos, movimientos de partículas o trayectorias de cuerpos celestes. Lenguaje. La ciencia asume que el lenguaje hablado y escrito es adecuado para describir el cosmos. Cuando un científico reporta teorías y teoremas, tiene que usar lenguaje que otros puedan comprender. Es así que la ciencia presupone que el lenguaje puede expresar verdades. Verdades Metafísicas. Los científicos tienen que asumir que existen mentes, aparte de las suyas propias, con inteligencia y capacidad de discernimiento. Que sus propias mentes no son una masa deterministica de químicos en movimiento, sino un instrumento capaz de obtener verdad por medio de la abstracción, el cálculo y el descubrimiento. Realidad. El científico asume que el mundo externo es real e inteligible, que el pasado no fue creado hace algunos minutos con apariencia de antigüedad y que el observador existe aparte de lo observado. Confiabilidad de los Sentidos. El conocimiento científico presupone que los sentidos y la mente son herramientas confiables para la observación. Verdad. El proceso de la ciencia asume que existe la verdad es objetiva y que se puede conocer. Un sistema epistemológico es necesario para hacer ciencia. Orden y Uniformidad. Para poder postular un experimento o teoría, los científicos asumen que el universo opera de manera uniforme y bajo ciertas leyes. La ciencia requiere que el mismo experimento—conducido bajo circunstancias similares—produzca los mismos resultados. Valores Éticos y Morales. Estatutos de moralidad y deber ético no son accesibles al método científico. No se puede demostrar que el holocausto o el genocidio de Ruanda fueron perversos; y aun así los científicos asumen de manera racional que estos eventos fueron profundamente malévolos. De hecho, los que practican las ciencias tienen que adherirse a códigos de ética incluyendo honestidad y objetividad al reportar datos y escritos científicos. Juicios Estéticos. La belleza no se puede probar científicamente. La ciencia es agnóstica a un hermoso atardecer, a un poema o una composición musical, y aun así los científicos se refieren a sus teorías como “elegantes” o “bellas”. El Método científico. Finalmente y muy notablemente, la misma ciencia no puede ser justificada o probada por el método científico. La ciencia esta permeada con presuposiciones que no se pueden probar. Por ejemplo, la teoría especial de relatividad depende de la presuposición que la velocidad de la luz es constante entre dos puntos. Como podemos apreciar, hay muchas cosas que una persona sobria o el científico pueden creer con perfecta justificación independientemente de la ciencia o el método científico. Esto no es una crítica a la ciencia; al contrario: el hacer ciencia es una ocupación nob...
Jun 20, 2015
¿Es cierto que obtenemos toda la verdad de la ciencia?
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¿Es cierto que obtenemos toda la verdad de la ciencia? Cuando alguien afirma que "todo lo que sabemos que es verdad lo obtenemos meramente de la ciencia" nuestro deber es aclarar que este no es el caso pues, esa misma declaración no es científica. Tu no puedes ir a un laboratorio y probar esa declaración, pues es una afirmación filosófica. La mayoría de la cosas que sabemos no son de naturaleza científica de hecho las leyes de la lógica que utilizamos para aprender todo lo demás no son científicas son metafísicas ni siquiera podríamos practicar la ciencia sin la filosofía, la ciencia está cimentada en la filosofía, la ciencia está fundamentada en estos principios metafísicos de las leyes de la lógica, causa y efecto, la uniformidad, aparte de muchas otras cosas y todos estos principios metafísicos los tienes que utilizar para poder hacer ciencia, así que la idea de que toda verdad proviene de la ciencia por más maravillosa que sea la ciencia, es simplemente un planteamiento erróneo, porque la ciencia en sí depende de estos conocimientos y principios metafísicos. No podemos obtener verdades éticas de la ciencia. No podrías hablar de las cosas más importantes en nuestras vidas como relaciones personales, pues nosotros conocemos a nuestras esposo(a)s y a nuestros familiares no por medio de la ciencia, los conocemos por que interactuamos con ellos. A Dios no lo conocemos por medio de la ciencia tampoco, pero las afirmaciones y argumentación científica tal vez nos ayude a mostrar que existe un ser más allá del mundo que lo ha creado y lo preserva , pero no lo conocemos a Él directamente por medio de la ciencia, lo conocemos por medio de lo que Él a hecho, y realizado. Así que podemos concluir y estar seguros de que no toda la verdad proviene de la ciencia, solo obtenemos algunas verdades por medio de la ciencia. Así que la próxima vez que un materialista o naturalista trate de utilizar esta objeción puedes estar seguro de que este no es el caso, la ciencia nos informa de verdades dentro de sus limitaciones, acordémonos que la ciencia es descriptiva no prescriptiva, la moralidad y las leyes de la naturaleza no son dictadas por la ciencia solo descritas por ella. Si quieres escuchar a dos apologistas discutir este tema con mas profundidad dale click al enlace: ¿Es la ciencia el único camino a la verdad?
May 04, 2015